Entertainment Trump deems churches 'essential,' calls for them to reopen

00:57  23 may  2020
00:57  23 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as “ essential ” and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened to “override”

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.

“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services," Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House, where he didn't take questions. He said if governors don’t abide by his request, he will “override” them, though it’s unclear what authority he has to do so.

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President Donald Trump said places of worship are " essential " and should open this weekend, threatening to override governors who don't allow churches , synagogues and mosques to reopen in the coming I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now.”

Mr Trump promised governors they would be handling the process themselves, with help He said Americans would continue to be called upon to maintain social distancing measures and to stay The administration's 18-page guidance document details three phases to reopen state economies, with

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had prepared a draft of reopening guidelines for churches and other houses of worship weeks ago that included measures like maintaining distance between parishioners and limiting the size of gatherings.

But that guidance had been delayed for more than a month by the administration until Trump abruptly changed course Thursday.

“I said, ‘You better put it out.’ And they’re doing it,” Trump said Thursday at a Ford Motor Co. plant repurposed to make ventilators in Michigan. “And they’re going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches. We've got to get our churches open.”

Trump on Friday stressed the importance of churches in many communities and took issue with some of the businesses that had been allowed to reopen.

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential” but not churches, he said. “It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”

“These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united. The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosque," he said.

Jill Colvin And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press

Behind Trump’s demand to reopen churches: Slipping poll numbers and alarm inside his campaign .
Trump was counting on widening support from white religious voters this fall. The pandemic is sending his numbers the other way.The anxiety over Trump’s standing with the Christian right surfaced after a pair of surveys by reputable outfits earlier this month found waning confidence in the administration’s coronavirus response among key religious groups, with a staggering decline in the president’s favorability among white evangelicals and white Catholics. Both are crucial constituencies that supported Trump by wide margins in 2016 and could sink his reelection prospects if their turnout shrinks this fall.

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