Trump warns state governors to open places of worship - or he'll do it himself - 2020-05-22
At a short appearance in the White House briefing room, Trump said he was declaring that places of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — are providing essential services and thus should be opened as soon as possible.
Places of worship have been closed along as part of stay-at-home orders most states have tried to control the spread of the coronavirus. With the infection rate declining in many areas, there is pressure to begin reopening.
Trump issued a warning to governors who refuse his appeal but did not say under what authority he would act to force the reopening of religious facilities.