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NBC News 22 May 2020

Trump Calls On Governors To Reopen 'Essential' Houses Of Worship

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President Trump demanded that governors allow places of worship across the country to reopen immediately, arguing those locations are "essential."


Pres. Trump calls on governors to allow houses of worship to reopen this weekend.

"If there's any question, they're going to have to call me—but they're not going to be successful in that call." abcn.ws/2TuFmui
President Trump issues new guidelines to open up places of worship.
One day after President Donald Trump asserted he had "total authority" to determine when states reopen their respective economies, the president appeared to backtrack on the issue. (April 14)
President Donald Trump says he considers houses of worship "essential" and is calling on state governors to allow them to reopen this weekend. The president described houses of worship as "essential places that provide essential services." (May 22)

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FOR THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER. GABE GUTIERREZ, NBC
START OF SUMMER. GABE GUTIERREZ, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK.
GABE GUTIERREZ, NBC NEWS, NEW YORK. >> Reporter: I’M
NEWS, NEW YORK. >> Reporter: I’M KRISTEN WELKER AT THE
>> Reporter: I’M KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE.
KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE. IN AN APPEAL TO
WHITE HOUSE. IN AN APPEAL TO SUPPORTERS EVANGELICAL
IN AN APPEAL TO SUPPORTERS EVANGELICAL EVANGELICALS
SUPPORTERS EVANGELICAL EVANGELICALS EVANGELICALS,
EVANGELICALS EVANGELICALS, PRESIDENT TRUMP
EVANGELICALS, PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDING GOVERNORS
PRESIDENT TRUMP DEMANDING GOVERNORS DEMAND PLACES OF
DEMANDING GOVERNORS DEMAND PLACES OF WORSHIP TO OPEN
DEMAND PLACES OF WORSHIP TO OPEN IMMEDIATELY ACROSS THE
WORSHIP TO OPEN IMMEDIATELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
IMMEDIATELY ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> THE GOVERNORS NEED
COUNTRY. >> THE GOVERNORS NEED TO DO THE RIGHT THING
>> THE GOVERNORS NEED TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND ALLOW THESE VERY
TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND ALLOW THESE VERY IMPORTANT ESSENTIAL
AND ALLOW THESE VERY IMPORTANT ESSENTIAL PLACES OF FAITH TO
IMPORTANT ESSENTIAL PLACES OF FAITH TO OPEN RIGHT NOW.
PLACES OF FAITH TO OPEN RIGHT NOW. FOR THIS WEEKEND.
OPEN RIGHT NOW. FOR THIS WEEKEND. >> Reporter: ARGUING
FOR THIS WEEKEND. >> Reporter: ARGUING THOSE LOCATIONS ARE
>> Reporter: ARGUING THOSE LOCATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL.
THOSE LOCATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. >> SOME GOVERNORS HAVE
ESSENTIAL. >> SOME GOVERNORS HAVE DEEMED LIQUOR STORES
>> SOME GOVERNORS HAVE DEEMED LIQUOR STORES AND ABORTION CLINICS
DEEMED LIQUOR STORES AND ABORTION CLINICS AS ESSENTIAL, BUT HAVE
AND ABORTION CLINICS AS ESSENTIAL, BUT HAVE LEFT OUT CHURCHES AND
AS ESSENTIAL, BUT HAVE LEFT OUT CHURCHES AND OTHER HOUSES OF
LEFT OUT CHURCHES AND OTHER HOUSES OF WORSHIP.
OTHER HOUSES OF WORSHIP. IT’S NOT RIGHT.
WORSHIP. IT’S NOT RIGHT. >> Reporter: BUT
IT’S NOT RIGHT. >> Reporter: BUT UNLIKELY CORE STORE LIQUOR STOR
>> Reporter: BUT UNLIKELY CORE STORE LIQUOR STOR PEOPLE GATHER IN LARGE
UNLIKELY CORE STORE LIQUOR STOR PEOPLE GATHER IN LARGE NUMBERS FOR AN
PEOPLE GATHER IN LARGE NUMBERS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
NUMBERS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME AT HOUSES OF
EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME AT HOUSES OF WORSHIP INCREASING THE
TIME AT HOUSES OF WORSHIP INCREASING THE RISK OF SPREADING THE
WORSHIP INCREASING THE RISK OF SPREADING THE VIRUS AND HIS CLAIM
RISK OF SPREADING THE VIRUS AND HIS CLAIM IT’S UP TO GOVERNORS
VIRUS AND HIS CLAIM IT’S UP TO GOVERNORS TO REOPEN THE STATES,
IT’S UP TO GOVERNORS TO REOPEN THE STATES, THE PRESIDENT INSISTS
TO REOPEN THE STATES, THE PRESIDENT INSISTS HE HAS THE ULTIMATE
THE PRESIDENT INSISTS HE HAS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY.
HE HAS THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY. >> IF THEY DON’T DO
AUTHORITY. >> IF THEY DON’T DO IT, I WILL OVER RIDE
>> IF THEY DON’T DO IT, I WILL OVER RIDE THE GOVERNORS.
IT, I WILL OVER RIDE THE GOVERNORS. IN AMERICA, WE NEED
THE GOVERNORS. IN AMERICA, WE NEED MORE PRAYER, NOT LESS.
IN AMERICA, WE NEED MORE PRAYER, NOT LESS. >> Reporter: UNDER THE
MORE PRAYER, NOT LESS. >> Reporter: UNDER THE CONSTITUTION A
>> Reporter: UNDER THE CONSTITUTION A PRESIDENT CANNOT OVER
CONSTITUTION A PRESIDENT CANNOT OVER RIDE A GOVERNOR’S
PRESIDENT CANNOT OVER RIDE A GOVERNOR’S POLICE POWERS.
RIDE A GOVERNOR’S POLICE POWERS. THE PRESIDENT SAID
POLICE POWERS. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S GOING TO OVER
THE PRESIDENT SAID HE’S GOING TO OVER RIDE THE GOVERNORS.
HE’S GOING TO OVER RIDE THE GOVERNORS. UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY
RIDE THE GOVERNORS. UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY WOULD HE DO THAT?
UNDER WHAT AUTHORITY WOULD HE DO THAT? >> I THINK YOU’RE
WOULD HE DO THAT? >> I THINK YOU’RE POSING HIPPOSE
>> I THINK YOU’RE POSING HIPPOSE POSING HYPOTHETICAL.
POSING HIPPOSE POSING HYPOTHETICAL. >> HE SAID THAT.
POSING HYPOTHETICAL. >> HE SAID THAT. >> Reporter: THE WHITE
>> HE SAID THAT. >> Reporter: THE WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY SAID
>> Reporter: THE WHITE HOUSE SECRETARY SAID WE WANT PLACES OF
HOUSE SECRETARY SAID WE WANT PLACES OF WORSHIP TO CLOSE.
WE WANT PLACES OF WORSHIP TO CLOSE. >> I GO TO CHURCH.
WORSHIP TO CLOSE. >> I GO TO CHURCH. I’M DYING TO GO BACK
>> I GO TO CHURCH. I’M DYING TO GO BACK TO CHURCH.
I’M DYING TO GO BACK TO CHURCH. THE QUESTION WE’RE
TO CHURCH. THE QUESTION WE’RE ASKING YOU AND WOULD
THE QUESTION WE’RE ASKING YOU AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ASKED THE
ASKING YOU AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ASKED THE PRESIDENT AND DR.
LIKE TO HAVE ASKED THE PRESIDENT AND DR. BIRX, IS IT SAFE.
PRESIDENT AND DR. BIRX, IS IT SAFE. >> IT IS SAFE TO
BIRX, IS IT SAFE. >> IT IS SAFE TO REOPEN YOUR CHURCHES
>> IT IS SAFE TO REOPEN YOUR CHURCHES IF YOU DO SO IN
REOPEN YOUR CHURCHES IF YOU DO SO IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
IF YOU DO SO IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDELINES.
ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDELINES. >> Reporter: THE CDC
GUIDELINES. >> Reporter: THE CDC JUST RELEASING THOSE
>> Reporter: THE CDC JUST RELEASING THOSE GUIDELINES TODAY.
JUST RELEASING THOSE GUIDELINES TODAY. AFTER THEY WERE
GUIDELINES TODAY. AFTER THEY WERE DELAYED AMID A BATTLE
AFTER THEY WERE DELAYED AMID A BATTLE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE
DELAYED AMID A BATTLE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ACCUSING THE CDC OF
WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ACCUSING THE CDC OF BEING TOO RESTRICTIVE.
ACCUSING THE CDC OF BEING TOO RESTRICTIVE. THE RECOMMENDATION
BEING TOO RESTRICTIVE. THE RECOMMENDATION SUCK JESTS PEOPLE
THE RECOMMENDATION SUCK JESTS PEOPLE WHERE CLOTH FACE
SUCK JESTS PEOPLE WHERE CLOTH FACE COVERINGS, ENHANCE
WHERE CLOTH FACE COVERINGS, ENHANCE CLEANING, SOCIAL
COVERINGS, ENHANCE CLEANING, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND LIMIT
CLEANING, SOCIAL DISTANCE AND LIMIT SHARED MATERIALS.
DISTANCE AND LIMIT SHARED MATERIALS. ALSO TONIGHT, THE
SHARED MATERIALS. ALSO TONIGHT, THE LARGEST STUDY YET OF
ALSO TONIGHT, THE LARGEST STUDY YET OF THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG
LARGEST STUDY YET OF THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, AN
THE CONTROVERSIAL DRUG HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, AN ANTI MALARIA DRUG THE
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, AN ANTI MALARIA DRUG THE PRESIDENT TOUTED AND
ANTI MALARIA DRUG THE PRESIDENT TOUTED AND TAKEN DESPITE NO
PRESIDENT TOUTED AND TAKEN DESPITE NO EVIDENCE IT PREVENTS
TAKEN DESPITE NO EVIDENCE IT PREVENTS COVID-19.
EVIDENCE IT PREVENTS COVID-19. THE SWEEPING STUDY OF
COVID-19. THE SWEEPING STUDY OF 96,000 PATIENTS WITH
THE SWEEPING STUDY OF 96,000 PATIENTS WITH COVID FOUND THERE IS A
96,000 PATIENTS WITH COVID FOUND THERE IS A 34% INCREASE OF RISK
COVID FOUND THERE IS A 34% INCREASE OF RISK OF DEATH AND A 130%
34% INCREASE OF RISK OF DEATH AND A 130% INCREASED RISK OF
OF DEATH AND A 130% INCREASED RISK OF SERIOUS HEART
INCREASED RISK OF SERIOUS HEART ARRHYTHMIA.
SERIOUS HEART ARRHYTHMIA. THE PRESIDENT
ARRHYTHMIA. THE PRESIDENT CONSISTENTLY TESTED
THE PRESIDENT CONSISTENTLY TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS
CONSISTENTLY TESTED NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND REMAINED DEFIANT
NEGATIVE FOR THE VIRUS AND REMAINED DEFIANT THIS WEEK.

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