President Donald Trump is expected to announce Thursday that he was giving up his efforts to include a citizenship issue in the 2020 census and would instead be taking steps that would order the Commerce Department to investigate the US public through Other means, depending on the multiple sources familiar with the subject.
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The expected announcement will put an end to the confusion that prevails within the government regarding its demands to include the controversial issue despite an order from the Supreme Court that had blocked the move. The White House declined to comment on what the president plans to announce.
As recently as Thursday morning, government officials had repeatedly suggested that the president take action by asking that the issue be added to the census. We did not know right away when and why the final decision was made not to go ahead with this plan.
Attorney General William Barr, who is also scheduled to attend the announcement, will now need to determine the way forward for three separate legal proceedings under way in the Maryland, California and New York administration regarding the efforts of the administration to add the question to the census. .
The Justice Ministry declined to comment on ABC News.