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Donald Trump has called for places of worship around the US to reopen their doors from this weekend despite the coronavirus outbreak. The President made the announcement at a White House press conference. However, journalists present were left disappointed after the American leader refused to answer any questions following his statement.
Mr Trump arrived 45 minutes late to the briefing, and then proceeded to only speak for two minutes.
One of his press secretaries took over for him as he left the room, followed by shouts from the press.
He told the briefing: “Today, I’m identifying house of worship, churches, synagogues and mosques, as essential places that provide essential services.
“Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other house of worship.”
The President continued: “It’s not right so I’m correcting this injustice and calling house of worship ‘essential’.
“I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now.
“If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call.
“These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united.”
He added: “The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, to go to their mosques.
“Many millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.
“The ministers, pastors, rabbis, Imams and other faith leaders will make sure that their congregations are safe as they gather and pray.”
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President Trump continued: “I know them well, they love their congregations, they love their people.
“They don’t want anything bad to happen to them or anybody else.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important and 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. Thank you very much.”
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