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Henrietta Brewer
May 23, 2020

In his White House remarks, however, Trump offered no such deference to the the judgment of state and local governments on an appropriate size for church gatherings.

Trump told reporters he is identifying them as "essential places that provide essential services".

Trump also threatened to "override" governors if they don't follow his orders. "While the Governor's orders will remain in effect, this matter continues to be under serious consideration as New Jersey moves toward Phase 2".

Some congregations - including the church I pastor in northern California - are even organizing drive-in services so people can worship in their cars. And on Friday, he announced the state is increasing its limit for outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 people - including for churches - as signs continue to show the outbreak is slowing here. While New York and New Jersey, two of the hardest-hit states, are reopening beaches for the weekend as well. He said the state is now in Stage 1 but did not provide hard dates for when the next phases can begin.

Cases of COVID-19 continue to slow across the country, generally, though USA coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx says she is anxious about the Chicago and D.C. areas, citing a plateau in day-to-day cases instead of a decline.

The United States will not "shut down" if another wave of coronavirus cases strikes, or at least that's what President Donald Trump is promising the nation and the rest of the world.

Officials reported 146 new deaths and 1,394 new positive tests in New Jersey on Friday. That is a hypothetical question. We'll leave it to these faith communities to reopen.

"I would argue that the Christian community ought to be about thinking wisely and thoughtfully about holding worship services", Marty said. (Elsa/Getty Images) Worshipers who helped pack food Iftar, pray while maintaining social distancing during the month of Ramadan at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. on April 28, 2020.

"So, Jeff, let me just ask you, what went through your mind when the press secretary said what she said?" "And they're going to be issuing something today or tomorrow on churches. We've got to get our churches open".

Speaking to reporters while touring a Ford Motor factory in MI on Thursday, the president recognized the likelihood of a second wave of COVID-19 but rejected the idea of another round of stay-at-home rules to contain the spread of the virus if it happens. "I am correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential".

"These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united". Kayleigh didn't address it under good questioning from me colleagues, then made that statement we don't want churches, synagogues and mosques to be open.

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