Trump's urging stokes furor in debate over in-person worship

Kayleigh McEnany

Trump also threatened to "override" governors if they don't follow his orders.

Gov. Phil Murphy's office told NJ Advance Media that indoor church services in New Jersey will remain closed despite the president's call, though Murphy and Trump had a "productive" talk about the issue Friday. "So I'm correcting this injustice in calling houses of worship essential".

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany held up a cheque written by President Trump for $100,000 - his contribution to COVID-19 relief efforts.

He argued that religious services must resume immediately, explicitly threatening to override governors who refuse to comply.

"We hope around the country to be able to open up places of worship very soon and do that in a way that continues to be mindful of all we've learned about coronavirus and continue to practice the safe and healthy measures to see our nation through this time", Mr. Pence said.

He declined to do so publicly, but said he wore a face mask he put one on in an area "where they preferred it", and later showed reporters present a navy blue mask decorated with the presidential seal.

The most recent order, Public Health Order 10-2020, issued on May 15, allowed churches and religious institutions to reopen for services if they abide by the rules applicable for other public gatherings.

The White House and the CDC have for weeks reportedly been in the process of drafting and publishing new guidelines for churches to reopen.

Canadians asked to wear non-medical face masks to protect others
Trudeau said one of the challenges with the apps so far is that the app has to be open on your phone to work, draining battery. "Although we don't fully understand their role in transmission, it is an added layer of protection", Dr.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday underlined his push for a return to normal life in the U.S.by making his first visit to a golf course in two months and confirming he would attend a space launch next week.

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

Also on Thursday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of NY, announced the archdiocese's initial plans to reopen its 288 churches in Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, and several upstate counties. Three people died among that group.

We'll add more communications as they roll in.

"The churches are not being treated with respect by a lot of the Democrat governors", Trump said, according to ABC. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo said that churches would still reopen on May 30th, as previously scheduled.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are some 1.6 million cases in the USA and about 96,000 COVID-19 deaths.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, reiterated that it is possible for people to social distance properly in places of worship.

When a reporter asked if he wanted mosques to reopen as well, Trump said that he did.

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