“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend,” Trump said, during brief remarks at the White House that his press shop had touted as a briefing.
Trump took no questions, however, and left immediately after his brief statement.
“If they don’t do it I will override the governors. America we need more prayer, not less.”
What he’s saying: “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,” Trump said from the White House podium.
- “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,” he added.
Reality check: The federal government does not have the power to implement nationwide measures to move toward a reopening, though the president has used social media — and formerly, his daily briefings — to influence governors’ decisions.