Trump says House ‘Squad’ congresswomen should ‘apologize’ to him after ‘go back’ tweet
President makes false statement about three female members as his staff focuses on Rep. Omar

Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, left, and Ilhan Omar  attend a rally on the East Front of the Capitol in February. President Trump has called on them to "go back" to other countries rather than criticize the U.S. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is not backing down after calling on minority Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to the countries of their ancestry, tweeting on Monday that they should apologize — not him.

The president on Sunday drew immediate outrage from Democratic members and other critics when he lashed out at a handful of freshman House Democrats who have been in a war of words with Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California while also sharply criticizing Trump since before they took office in January. They also support impeachment proceedings against him, something that has angered him for months.

Trump drops census effort, announces new plan to ‘count’ noncitizens
‘The 2020 reelect is a big factor in this battle for Trump,’ GOP strategist says

President Donald Trump speaks at the “Salute to America” ceremony in front of the Lincoln Memorial on July 4. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump lost a battle Thursday when he dropped his bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but by reviving the effort in dramatic fashion he amassed more ammunition for his coming reelection campaign.

During an unrelated social media forum event at the White House, Trump criticized federal judges and the Supreme Court for blocking his attempt to add the question, calling it a “left-wing” effort to erode rights. And he teased a “solution.” Once in the Rose Garden to address the citizenship matter, he declared, “we are not backing down.”

Confusion surrounds what Trump will say about census

President Donald Trump will make an announcement about the census on Thursday afternoon. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

About the only thing known for sure in an evolving situation about adding a citizenship question to the census is that President Donald Trump will make some sort of announcement Thursday. But even then, White House aides were scurrying late into the afternoon to figure out from which room or garden the president might make his announcement.

According to a source with knowledge of internal discussions, the president was weighing dropping his push to add a citizenship question to the census.

Trump steers again toward Supreme Court with census citizenship executive order
Opponents of adding question on citizenship to census say they’ll see the president there

President Donald Trump will likely meet a swift legal challenge if he issues an executive order to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s expected executive order adding a citizenship question to the census Thursday will meet a swift legal challenge, one the administration appears ready to fight to the Supreme Court again.

Trump said Thursday morning he would have a news conference on the census and immigration and a source familiar with his plans confirmed he will issue an executive order to add the question in response to a temporary block imposed by the Supreme Court in late June.

Trump will announce executive order on census and immigration on Thursday afternoon
Bid to add citizenship question comes amid legal challenges

President Donald Trump announced Thursday morning he would talk about the census and immigration in the Rose Garden in the afternoon amid the controversy over Alex Acosta, his secretary of Labor. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Updated 10:35 a.m. | President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon will announce an executive order on adding a citizenship question to the census, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Earlier Thursday, the president announced he would hold a Rose Garden news conference about his push to add a citizenship question to the census. Any such order almost immediately would be challenged in court. Federal judges have been hesitant to allow the Justice Department to replace attorneys working on lawsuits looking to block a citizenship question.

Spending, legal hoops ahead for Trump on census question

Attorney General William Barr has said the Justice Department will have more to say about how it will proceed on litigation on the census soon. But a path forward in the courts or in Congress is unclear. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Warming up for the next round of the fight over adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census after setbacks in the courts, the Trump administration’s latest effort faces numerous hurdles in court that could spill out into Congress’ annual spending talks.

The administration has been coy about how it will try to relitigate the question, and Attorney General William Barr told reporters Monday the “pathway” to reinstate it may be unveiled later this week.

House will vote ‘soon’ to hold Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over citizenship question
Pelosi announces plans for full House vote in dear colleague letter, also outlining legislative steps to protect migrants

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to colleagues Monday saying the House will “soon” vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas seeking documents explaining the rationale for adding a citizenship question to the census. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House will “soon” vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary William Ross in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for documents explaining the administration’s rationale for wanting to add a citizenship question to the census, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Monday.

The Oversight and Reform Committee last month approved a contempt resolution against Barr and Ross that included language to refer the matter to the U.S. attorney in Washington for possible criminal charges, as well as authorize the pursuit of a lawsuit.

DOJ, Trump push ahead in fight for census citizenship question
President has not given up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite court setbacks

President Donald Trump, here at his “A Salute to America” celebration on Thursday, has not given up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite court setbacks. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump has not given up on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census despite court setbacks, administration lawyers said Friday, but the move faces numerous challenges amid ongoing preparations.

Following last week’s Supreme Court decision blocking the original rationale for the question, the administration started printing forms earlier this week without it. However, Justice Department lawyers filed papers with Maryland federal district Judge George Hazel on Friday, telling him the administration would continue to try to add the question — without detailing how.

Trump defends border patrol agents, need for citizenship question on census
‘Certain members of Congress say very bad things and lie and exaggerate,’ he said in defense of Customs and Border Patrol

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media prior to his departure from the White House July 5, 2019, in Washington, DC. President Trump and the first lady will spend their weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump, departing the White House on Friday for a weekend at his New Jersey country club, celebrated the “fantastic evening” he had saluting the country during a July 4 speech from the National Mall, while facing questions about his controversial immigration policies. 

Many Democrats criticizing  Trump’s Independence Day celebration cited the poor optics of a military showcase amid reports of mistreatment of migrants being held at facilities along the border as they await their asylum claims to be processed. But Trump, speaking to reporters outside of the White House Friday before boarding Marine One, said he thinks Customs and Border Patrol agents who run many of the  shelters where migrants are held “do a great job with those facilities.”

Citizenship question dropped from the 2020 census
Administration’s retreat follows Supreme Court decision that blocked question on procedural grounds

Protesters hold signs at a rally in front of the Supreme Court on June 27 after its ruling on the census question. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The 2020 census will not include a citizenship question, the Justice Department said Tuesday, just days after the Supreme Court blocked a plan by the Commerce Department to add it to the census questionnaire.

Federal attorneys on Tuesday told litigants in the New York challenge to the case that it would not pursue the question. Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco confirmed that the government will move ahead with printing census forms without it.