Trump calls for reopening of religious places of worship; terms it ‘essential services’

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US President Donald Trump on Friday termed churches and other places of religious worship as ‘essential services’ and called on them to reopen.

He asked the Governors of various states to facilitate the same and threatened to override their decisions if they do not go ahead. However, it is still unclear as to under which legislation he would do so.

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“Governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now- for this weekend,” the US President said.

Most states are yet to open in the USA. On Friday, New York eased their law on gathering of people. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a fresh executive order which permitted gathering of up to 10 people in a location. This is being seen as a sign of gradual improvement in the state which is considered to the worst affected.

President Trump also lost his temper at one of the news items from Fox News that showed Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden ahead of Trump in the upcoming Presidential Elections in November.

Trump tweeted calling it a fake poll and said that Fox News should fire this fake pollster.

Concerns over US handling of the COVID-19 situation and mounting unemployment woes have added to Trump’s lackluster appeal in the upcoming polls.

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