Trump warns governors: let places of worship open this weekend - 2020-05-22
Trump issued a warning to state governors who refuse his appeal but did not say under what authority he would act to force the reopening of religious facilities.
"If they don't do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less," he said.
The National Governors Association declined to comment. Trump has gone back and forth throughout the pandemic on whether he or the governors have more power to implement measures related to its spread.
"He has no authority to do this. The governors are in no sense subordinates of the president," said Robert Chesney, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.