'Reopen churches.. We need more prayers, not less' - Prez. Trump orders

President of the United State of America, Donald Trump has declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and are to be reopened by this weekend. 

“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” the president told reporters at the White House on Friday.

“It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential.”

Trump added:
“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.”

After his two-minute statement, the president left the briefing room podium without taking questions.

His remarks sowed confusion because the
federal government does not have the
constitutional right to unilaterally order
individual states to reopen businesses,
churches or schools. But they did seem likely to play well with his support base: Trump won four in five Christian evangelical voters in the 2016 presidential election.

Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control published a 60-page plan for restaurants, schools, childcare programs, mass transport and other businesses about reopening. But it omitted details about houses of worship and faith-based organisations.


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