US President Donald Trump has called on governors nationwide to let churches and other houses of worship reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under COVID-19 lockdown.
Labeling them as “essential”, Trump opined that is wrong for some state governors to designate ‘liquor stores and abortion clinics’ as ‘essential services’ but keep places of worship like churches, mosques and synagogues closed.
Amid the pandemic hat has killed over 95,000 people in the US, Trump on Friday said he is designating all places of worship – including churches, synagogues and mosques – “essential,” saying he wants them to “open right now.”
Reacting to the move by state governors of keeping “liquor stores and abortion centres” open during during the lockdown while keeping places of worship shuttered, Trump said in the White House briefing room.
It’s not right. I’m calling houses of worship essential. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call,” Trump said of state leaders.
“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. It’s not right,” ”This move is aimed at correcting this injustice.”
“If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, But they are not going to be successful in that call. In America, we need more prayer, Not less.” Mr Trump said before leaving the briefing room.
Trump appeared in the briefing room to read a short statement announcing he has approved guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help state and local leaders safely allow worship facilities to open back up.
President Trump calls for churches to open and says houses of worship are “essential” pic.twitter.com/YPFI9LDJ1t
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