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On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, President Trump viewed places of worship in the United States as “essential” and therefore “open now.”

Today I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogues, and mosques as essential places that provide essential services. Liquor stores and abortion clinics have been considered by some governors to be essential, but excluded churches and places of worship. It’s not right, ”he said at a brief press conference on Friday afternoon.

Trump said he is asking “the governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open now.”

The president said he wants religious leaders to ensure that “congregations are safe as they gather and pray.”

“They love their congregations. They love their people. They don’t want anything bad to happen to them or to anyone else. Governors must do the right thing and allow these important essential places of faith to open right now, because this weekend. If they do not, I will annul (the decision of) the governors, “added the president.