Trump slams governors, demands they open houses of worship 'right now'

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2020

President Trump on Friday announced that new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as "essential", as he called on governors to allow them to open "right now" after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Trump announced the policy for churches, synagogues and mosques, during a short briefing at the White House.

"If there is any question, they will have to call me, but they are not going to be successful in that call,"' he said.

While Trump did not offer details on what that "very strong position" might entail, he could be referring to an expansion of work his Justice Department (DOJ) is already doing to restore the right of religious Americans' to gather in person for worship services.

"Our people want to go back to church on Sundays", Trump said during an appearance in Michigan Thursday.

"The churches are not being treated with respect by a lot of the Democrat governors", Trump commented to reporters as he left the White House for a trip to MI on Thursday afternoon.

"One of the things I want to do is get the churches open", Trump told reporters Thursday outside White House lawn. The churches are not being treated with respect by a lot of the Democrat governors.

Trump said at a veterans event earlier Friday that he would soon issue a "very strong recommendation" on reopening churches.

A Georgia church that reopened a few weeks ago is closing its doors again after several families came down with COVID-19.

The announcement comes after Trump has been hearing concerns of faith leaders who are unable to hold Sunday services due to coronavirus restrictions at a time when their parishioners are grappling with the crisis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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