Trump, in his weekly radio address, said Obama is « very close » to releasing the full data for the 2020 Census.
« The White House is now making the decision on when the full census will be released, » Trump said.
« I’m telling you, I’m going to release it very soon. »
But the White House has been pushing back on the data release, saying the final tally will be « very much dependent on how the final data is received. »
Trump’s comments come after he took a swipe at Obama for the census, which he said « went terribly wrong. »
« The President should have never had a one-man office, » Trump told « Fox and Friends. »
« It should never have been the way it is.
And now we have it, and the people of this country are going to see how badly it’s done. »
The president’s comments followed a day of White House press briefings, where press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly tried to push back on Trump’s suggestion that the Obama administration « wasn’t going to do it right. »
She told reporters the Whitehouse is « working to get the full Census information out as quickly as possible. »
« We’ve seen the President over the last week, and now the president is saying that it’s not going to happen, » Sanders said.
She also reiterated that the administration is « not going to rush » the release of the data.
The White House declined to comment for this story.
The full Census Bureau released a document in late February showing that the final census count for 2020 will be just shy of 100.2 million people.