Trump says churches are ‘essential,’ demands states let them reopen this weekend


The White House confirmed to CNN that the President and first lady Melania Trump are still slated to visit Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Monday "to honor the American heroes who have sacrificed their lives serving in the US Armed Forces".

President Donald Trump announced Friday he's deeming houses of worship essential and that they should reopen, threatening to "override" governors if they don't agree.

"So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential".

"If they don't do it, I will override the governors", he said, although it wasn't immediately clear whether he has the authority to do that.

President Donald Trump had a terse message for the nation's governors Friday: Reopen churches or I will.

"Here [in New Jersey], the doors are locked and you can not go in for private prayer on your own, much less an organized prayer service or a Catholic Mass", Napolitano said. Today I'm identifying housing of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques, as essential places that provide essential services, some governors have identified as essential places that provide essential services.

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All pupils will be required to wear face masks during recess in open areas, and those in grades 4-12 will also wear them in class. Majority had no major lung of breathing problems but some were put on ventilators to help heart and circulation problems.

In some areas, churches have opened under strict social distancing rules, while in others, pastors and priests have held services outdoors, with worshippers staying in their cars. As part of a feud with the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, Trump has in the past criticized "tremendous corruption" in the city's leadership, called it "drug-infested" and said its people "are living in hell".

Trump previously said he wanted churches to be reopened by Easter Sunday, on April 12, but that was dismissed by his own health experts, who said it was too risky.

There has been debate in some states over allowing facilities providing abortion services, like those operated by Planned Parenthood, to stay open during the COVID-19 shutdown. "If there's any question, they're going to have to call me - but they're not going to be successful in that call".

The president confirmed that the new guidelines would apply to churches, synagogues, and mosques. One California county banned singing during live-streamed church services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is issuing guidance for communities of faith at Trump's direction. They love their people.