Trump orders states to reopen houses of worship, vows to 'override the governors'

Church pews stand empty as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, celebrates Easter Sunday Mass in a nearly empty St. Patrick’s Cathedral as the coronavirus outbreak has kept most churches empty this Easter on April 12, 2020 in New York City.
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By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump on Friday ordered governors across the U.S. to reopen their states' houses of worship, saying he would “override them” if they refused. 

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During an unscheduled news conference Friday afternoon, Trump called houses of worship “essential places that provide essential services.” 

“The people are demanding to go to church and synagogue, go to their mosques,” Trump said. “I call upon governors to allow our churches and houses of worship to go open right now. 

“If they don’t do it, I will override the governors,” he added. “In America we need more prayer, not less.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday said the state would allow religious gatherings of up to 10 people, but noted participants would need to wear masks and socially distance. 

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