Donald Trump orders governors to allow places of worship to reopen - 2020-05-22

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F345.png Donald Trump orders governors to allow places of worship to reopen May 22, 2020, David Smith, The Guardian

Donald Trump has declared churches, mosques and synagogues "essential services" and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess.

"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."

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{{cite news | first = David | last = Smith | title = Donald Trump orders governors to allow places of worship to reopen | url = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/donald-trump-churches-mosques-synagogues-reopen | work = The Guardian | date = May 22, 2020 | accessdate = June 3, 2020 }}