President Trump Friday made an unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room to demand that governors allow houses of worship to reopen, threatening to “override” them if they don’t.
Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques, as essential places that provide essential services. Some governors have deemed the liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right. So, I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship “essential” . . .
I call upon governors to allow our churches and place of worship to open right now . . .
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.
Trump said that at his direction, the CDC has issued guidance for “communities of faith.”