Trump deems houses of worship ‘essential’; calls on them to reopen

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential" and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend despite the threat of spreading the coronavirus.In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine often reiterated that churches had never been closed, though social distancing and mass gathering restrictions affected the church congregations.“Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that provide essential services," Trump said during a hastily arranged press conference at the White House, where he didn't take questions. He said if governors don’t abide by his request, he will “override” them, though it’s unclear what...

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Trump deems houses of worship ‘essential’; calls on them to reopen

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