President Donald Trump said on Thursday, July 10, he will hold a news conference to address the 2020 census and his move to include a citizenship question.

A Supreme Court ruling blocked the question for now. But the president has said he may issue an executive order or memorandum to try and force the issue.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes that the Trump administration can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Barr said, “I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong.” The attorney general added that he thinks there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”

President Donald Trump tweeted on July 3 that his administration “is absolutely moving forward” to pursue adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census, because of its importance.

The president said, “The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question.”

The Trump administration had explained the question was necessary to enforce the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters’ access to the ballot box. Meanwhile, opponents of the question argued that its inclusion on the census would lead to an inaccurate count of the population, as immigrants might be discouraged from participating.

Trump tweeted Thursday, July 11, he will hold the news conference following a White House social media summit, which is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

“The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? Yes (probably)! At its conclusion, we will all go to the beautiful Rose Garden for a News Conference on the Census and Citizenship,” Trump said.

The president also unveiled the topic of today summit, saying “a big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination, and suppression practiced by certain companies. We will not let them get away with it much longer.”

He continued, “Fake News Media will also be there, but for a limited period. The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media. They have lost tremendous credibility since that day in November 2016, that I came down the escalator with the person who was to become your future First Lady.”

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