At a social media summit with conservative voices early Thursday, Trump lamented:
"Can you believe—are you a citizen of the United States of America? 'Sir, you can't ask that question.' Why? Because the courts said you can't. We have three very unfriendly courts. They fight us all the way. Judges don't like us too much, I guess."
But by Thursday afternoon, the Trump administration changed their tune.
The Hill reported in the morning:
"Trump plans to take executive action on census citizenship question"
Trump plans to take executive action on census citizenship question https://t.co/hxyZgNW8a0 https://t.co/zV77yScAr9— The Hill (@The Hill)1562857627.0
But only a few hours later:
JUST IN: Trump expected to announce he won't force citizenship question onto 2020 census https://t.co/M2JzTDolAe https://t.co/aJJcl3C9Xm— The Hill (@The Hill)1562876046.0
WATCH LIVE: Trump holds news conference on 2020 census citizenship question https://t.co/fpNuLRLCHI https://t.co/fE1Sj42hup— The Hill (@The Hill)1562879169.0
President Trump was scheduled to hold a news conference on the issue at 5:00PM EST, but by 5:30 had still not appeared.
Trump finally took the podium around 5:40pm.
Donald Trump is using his executive powers to order every department and agency in the federal government to provid… https://t.co/pzly7bEnuL— POLITICO (@POLITICO)1562882164.0
After the SCOTUS ruling blocking his planned census citizenship question, Trump stated:
"We’re going to talk a little bit about the fact that we’re not allowed to ask for whether or not somebody is a citizen on the census form. And I think we have a solution that will be good for a lot of people. Really good."
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted:
The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become Presid… https://t.co/RBh0PzOIa6— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1562841563.0
Before a Trump administration official told the press about the President's revised approach, people responded with his post reminding him of the Supreme Court's ruling.
@realDonaldTrump You do realize that legally you cannot add the citizenship question to the census. The Supreme Court says you can’t.— Jessica (@Jessica)1562870069.0
@realDonaldTrump The Supreme Court told you know. So it doesn’t matter what you lie about in the Rose Garden. No is… https://t.co/ZdcpnH6p1P— WTFGOP? #ImpeachmentIsComing (@WTFGOP? #ImpeachmentIsComing)1562861690.0
@DogginTrump @realDonaldTrump He is pushing this so they can continue to obstruct Black's and minorities from votin… https://t.co/2wIupCsxP3— James Tate (@James Tate)1562862670.0
@realDonaldTrump Patriots & officers of the court are watching. If you attempt to defy our Constitution, you will b… https://t.co/XeVVXQex7B— DianeEveryday (@DianeEveryday)1562860072.0
@realDonaldTrump We will all be watching yet another "Impeachable Offense" by the sitting president in the Rose Garden today at 5pm Eastern.— Rocky Mountain Views (@Rocky Mountain Views)1562859024.0
@RockyMountViews @realDonaldTrump Expecting an Executive Order Signing Ceremony...guessing that was his plan all along.— MORDE1 (@MORDE1)1562860430.0
@realDonaldTrump He already has refused any Congressional oversight. Now he refuses the authority of the Supreme Co… https://t.co/m7MO2rRDeU— #WindmillCancerSurvivor! (@#WindmillCancerSurvivor!)1562859166.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/bREQ1FrTN4— Christina Johnson 🌙 🦎 (@Christina Johnson 🌙 🦎)1562863047.0
Watch Trump's full Thursday afternoon news conference remarks here:
In a nation where immigrants outnumber the Indigenous, the vilification of the word immigrant is absurd to many.