President Trump Calls On Churches to Reopen this Weekend
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump says he has deemed churches and other houses of worship ``essential'' and called on governors to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of the coronavirus.
He says: ``Today I'm identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques _ as essential places that provide essential services.''
Trump made the announcement during a hastily-arranged press conference Friday at the White House. He said if governors don't abide by his request, he will ``override'' them, though it's unclear what authority he has to do so.