President Trump decided to post a cryptic tweet that befuddled members of his administration and broke with his own Justice Department on the census citizenship question after he had some long chats with conservative friends on the phone, Trump’s favorite mode of communication.
The main target of his ire in those long phone calls? Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, according to the Washington Post. Trump reportedly thinks his Justice Department and Commerce Department backed down too easily and privately believes that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is out to get him.
Trump continued his phone calls on the Fourth of July, complaining to aides and friends about Ross. He reportedly told advisers that he intends to make the citizenship question issue the Trump administration’s top priority in the next several days.
“Fix this,” Trump has repeatedly told aides.
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