President of the United States, Donald Trump has insist on the re-opening of churches and other religious buildings in the nation.
Following the slight ease of lock-down that lasted for more than two months due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the nation, president Trump has insist on adding churches to the list of bodies that would be allowed to operate.
The president on Friday demanded that governors reopen churches, synagogues and mosques “right now,” and threatened to “override” state leaders’ restrictions if they do not do so by the weekend. Trump said it was an “injustice” that some state leaders have allowed “liquor stores and abortion clinics” to stay open amid the Covid-19 pandemic while closing houses of worship.
Making this known during a press conference, he said “It’s not right, I’m calling houses of worship essential. If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call,” Trump said of state leaders.
Going further he said “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 the wake of the declaration by the president, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has since moved to further stress the Trump’s point saying “the president will strongly encourage every governor to allow their churches to reopen – and boy, it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”
The country has so far recorded a total of 1.64M cases resulting from the deadly virus eclipsing that of Italy to become the nation with highest number of confirmed cases while also recording a total of +96K deaths.
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