Donald Trump: ‘I Want to Get Our Churches Open’

Donald Trump: ‘I Want to Get Our Churches Open’”

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Trump said governors should allow the houses of worship to re-open "right now for this weekend", and threatened that if they don't, "I will override the governors", he said, adding that "In America, we need more prayer, not less".

President Donald Trump made a brief appearance at Friday's White House briefing to announce he's calling for houses of worship to be reopened.

"I want to get our country back to normal", Trump told reporters outside the White House Thursday.

"Not only is it good for the community; it's their right under the Constitution to worship freely without government intrusion", White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said to CNBC.

Recent reports revealed that the White House disputed proposed Centers for Disease Control guidelines prepared for the reopening of churches, delaying their release.

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"These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united", he said.

"We can all hope that this Sunday, people are allowed to pray to their gods across this country", she said. "And they're going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches". The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue or to their mosque.

In one case highlighted by the CDC, 38 percent of attendees at one rural Arkansas church developed COVID-19 in early March.

Trump's push to return churchgoers to pews that have been empty for weeks comes just days after churches in Georgia and Texas, both states with Republican governors, announced that they would close again after experiencing acute outbreaks of the virus after they opened.

Trump urged governors to go along with his decision.

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