Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has declared Mosques, Synagogues, and Churches as essential services in a recent speaking with the press.
He has also threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend.
Overriding the decisions of the governors is a power that President Donald Trump does not possess.
On Friday this week, President Trump told reporters:
Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right. So I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential. 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 America we need more prayer, not less.
After releasing his statement, President Trump left the room without answering or taking any questions from the press.
The federal government does not have any constitutional right to unilaterally order individual states to reopen businesses, churches, or schools.
But Trump had to do this because he won 4 of 5 Christian evangelical voters in the 2016 presidential election.
Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control published a 60-page plan for restaurants, mass transport, schools, childcare programs, and other businesses about reopening during these rough times.
It omitted details about faith and worship related organizations in the United States of America.
After a couple of minutes, Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, said whether religious houses open will be up to their leaders, as well as state and local officials.
She could not cite any federal statute that would give any president the authority to override a local leader or state leader on such matters.
White House Press Secretary McEnany is a notable attorney in the United States of America.
After Trump went away, she said:
Boy, it’s interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed.
The United States of America has over 1.6 million cases of coronavirus. It has announced the deaths of over 97,650 people. Only 403,228 people have recovered from the deadly disease.
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