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Politics Trump declares houses of worship 'essential,' pressuring governors to let them reopen

02:48  23 may  2020
02:48  23 may  2020 Source:   politico.com

Trump calls on churches to reopen this weekend

  Trump calls on churches to reopen this weekend President Trump on Friday said he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of the coronavirus. © Alex Brandon President Trump. “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 Friday. 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.

President Donald Trump on Friday commanded America's governors to immediately reopen churches and other places of worship shuttered by the So, I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential ." Trump emphasized he was calling upon governors to allow places of worship

Trump says churches, mosques and synagogues provide essential services and calls on governors to allow them to reopen . The US 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

President Donald Trump on Friday commanded America's governors to immediately reopen churches and other places of worship shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, threatening to "override" the state leaders if they refused to follow his directive.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the coronavirus on Friday. © Alex Brandon/AP Photo President Donald Trump speaks with reporters about the coronavirus on Friday.

Speaking at a previously unannounced news briefing at the White House, the president revealed that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were "issuing guidance for communities of faith," and declared "houses of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques" to be "essential places that provide essential services."

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President Donald Trump said he will designate churches and other houses of worship as essential services in a Friday announcement at the White White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed reporters' questions about the legality of forcing governors to reopen places of worship

Trump called on governors to reopen places of worship over the Memorial Day weekend. The impact of that designation was not immediately clear: State and local officials decide which businesses are essential and enforce social distancing. "If there’s any question," Trump said of governors , " they ’ re

"Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship," Trump told reporters. "It's not right. So, I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential."

Trump emphasized he was calling upon governors to allow places of worship to resume operations "right now," and warned that "if there's any question, they're going to have to call me — but they are not going to be successful in that call."

It is unclear whether the president is legally empowered to compel the nation's governors to take such an action. If the White House moves to enforce his order in defiance of opposition by local officials, Trump could force a constitutional clash over one of the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment.

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President Donald Trump said places of worship are " essential " and should open this weekend "So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential . I call upon governors to allow our Those guidelines have been revised by White House officials in recent days to make them less

President Trump announced during a White House press conference that houses of worship are essential . They will now be able to host services despite local shutdown orders. Trump orders governors to reopen churches immediately, if they refuse, I will override them !

Challenged on Trump's authority to unilaterally reopen places of worship, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at the briefing Friday the administration would "leave it to faith communities to reopen," and pointed to "detailed guidance" from the federal government "about the way you can clean your facility [and] promote social distancing."

But soon after his remarks at the White House, the president was confronted with resistance from state and local executives. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said she would not alter her state's plans to reopen places of worship on May 30, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her city would ignore Trump's demand.

"By no means can the president order any locality, any state to do something that he doesn't have the power to do," Lightfoot said, "and he can't do that here."

The CDC’s guidelines, released after weeks of internal debate and scrutiny over leaked drafts, offered detailed measures for how places of worship can start to safely reopen, while advising them to consult with state and local authorities. In contrast with the earlier leaked guidelines, the agency didn't recommend a phased reopening and instead laid out recommendations for how faith-based communities can promote safety, hygiene and social distancing.

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  Trump’s urging stokes furor in debate over in-person worship NEW YORK (AP) — The anticipated release of new federal guidance on in-person religious services comes at a precarious point in the national balancing act that pits the call of worship against the risk of coronavirus. Even before President Donald Trump and vowed that guidance would be coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Christian leaders in several states made plans to welcome back congregants on the week of Pentecost, May 31. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

President Donald Trump on Friday demanded that governors reopen churches, synagogues and mosques "right now," threatening to override them if they "I'm calling houses of worship essential ." The White House had recently fought with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make its

Churches would be declared “ essential ” services under CDC guidelines, he said. They had been closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. President Donald Trump ordered states to allow churches and houses of worship to re - open "right now." Churches would be declared “ essential ”

For instance, the agency suggested groups consider suspending or decreasing how often choirs are used, as well as congregant singing and chanting during a service “if appropriate within the faith tradition.” It also recommended temporary limits on sharing religious objects, like books or cups, and to instead photocopy or email prayers to attendees.

Public health experts have expressed concern about the risks related to reopening places of worship. At least two churches in Georgia and Texas that had recently reopened shut down again this week after members tested positive for the virus, and a report from the CDC earlier this week documented how an early March outbreak in a rural Arkansas church spread from a pastor and his wife to about three dozen parishioners, killing three.

Still, Trump insisted Friday that Americans are nevertheless "demanding to go to church, and synagogue or to their mosque," and he predicted "the ministers, pastors, rabbis, imams and other faith leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe" when they gather.

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At a White House briefing, Trump declared , " houses of worship —churches, synagogue and mosques—as essential places that provide essential services," and said he is calling upon governors to open them "right now." Trump misleadingly claimed "If they don't do it

President threatens to override governors if they don’t comply with his request, while speaking at the White House Friday. Donald Trump orders governors to allow places of worship to reopen . President declares churches, mosques and synagogues ‘ essential services’ but has no authority to

"They don't want anything bad to happen to them or to anybody else," Trump said. "The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important, essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend. If they don't do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less."

Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, stressed the importance of practicing mitigation measures as places of worship reopen, and said community faith leaders should be in touch with their local health departments.

"I think what we are trying to say with the CDC guidance is there is a way for us to work together to have social distancing and safety for people, so that we decrease the amount of exposure that anyone would have to asymptomatic [people]," she said. "And I see it that way because I know all of you and all of Americans, if they didn't feel well, they wouldn't go to church that day."

The release of the new guidance for places of worship brings to an end a weeks-long internal drama over the CDC's detailed plans for reopening the country. After draft recommendations were leaked to the Associated Press earlier this month, White House officials said the guidance was delayed over concerns it was "too prescriptive."

The CDC last week released brief, one-page checklists meant to help reopen schools, restaurants and other institutions before the agency unveiled the longer guidance this week. Those documents did not include recommendations for faith communities.

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In recent days, the president had previewed his announcement regarding places of worship, telling reporters Thursday outside the White House that churches "are not being treated with respect by a lot of the Democrat governors," and that his administration was "going to take a very strong position on that very soon."

Later Thursday, during a roundtable meeting with African American leaders in Michigan, Trump called places of worship "so important in terms of the psyche of our country," and characterized churches as "essential" — the terminology commonly used in reference to businesses or workers whose return to routine life should be prioritized amid the pandemic.

Trump repeated that description earlier Friday at a White House ceremony honoring U.S. veterans, POWs and MIAs, saying he "just spoke to CDC" about reopening places of worship. "We're going to make that essential. You know, they have places essential that aren't essential, and they open, and yet the churches aren't allowed to open," he said.

The president made a similar, short-lived push to reopen places of worship in late March, when he revealed he would "love to have" the national economy "opened up and just raring to go" by Easter, citing the symbolic significance of the Christian holiday.

"You'll have packed churches all over our country,” he said then. "I think it would be a beautiful time, and it's just about the timeline that I think is right."

Shia Kapos contributed to this report.

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© Provided by Le Point pastor, religion, coronavirus Faith foolproof. In the United States, the states have the hand to decide on the relaxation of the health restrictions to fight against the epidemic of coronavirus, which made more than 90 000 deaths in the country and where more than 1.5 million cases have been listed. In California, the governor opted for a progressive deconfinement in several phases. If small businesses have reopened, places of worship are closed for the moment.

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