President Donald Trump waits for journalists to leave the the Oval Office before beginning their meeting at the White House April 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court recently blocked a citizenship question from the 2020 United States Census in a blow to President Donald Trump. Not one to take a loss lying down, Trump took to Twitter to say he'd be consulting with lawyers to explore his options of delaying the census, which is constitutionally mandated to occur every ten years.

On Tuesday, Trump's Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross confirmed to reporters on the record that they had already begun printing the decennial census without the citizenship question. A Department of Justice spokesperson confirmed this.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer savaged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after he said that he did not understand why federal workers affected by the government shutdown, many of whom have gone more than a month without pay, might need help from homeless shelters and food banks.

“Well I know they are, and I don't understand why,” Ross told CNBC when asked about reports that some furloughed workers are relying on charity to get through the shutdown. “Banks and credit unions should be making credit available to them. Now true, the people might have to pay a little bit of interest, but the idea that it's paycheck or zero is not a really valid idea.”

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made an appearance on CNBC to defend President Donald Trump's proposed steel tariffs, saying they are "no big deal." He also used a can of Campbell's Soup to defend what he insists will be their minimal impact.

"In a can of Campbell's Soup, there are about 2.6 pennies worth of steel. So if that goes up by 25 percent, that's about six-tenths of 1 cent on the price on a can of Campbell's soup," Ross argued. "I just bought this can today at a 7-Eleven ... and it priced at a $1.99. Who in the world is going to be too bothered?"

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Newly leaked financial documents reveal two new, previously-undisclosed ties between the Trump administration and Russia, implicating Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Jared Kushner. Betraying secrets of politicians worldwide, the 13 million leaked "Paradise Papers" connect the two Trump associates with offshore financial accounts.

Trump's empty and as of yet unfulfilled promise to "drain the swamp" reaches new levels of hypocrisy, as the documents show that many wealthy individuals brought into Trump's administration have gone to great lengths to store their money in offshore accounts. Though legal, these accounts are free from taxation, and thus exist at the expense of the American people. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and top White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, are both implicated in the leaked documents.

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In the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Trump administration is facing vehement allegations relating to its ever-increasing ties to Russia — and these charges are gaining momentum.

Russian hackers. WikiLeaks. Collusion. Treason. These are merely a few of the terms prevalent in the international conversation surrounding the 45th president of the United States.

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