President Donald Trump has demanded that US state governors allow places of worship to reopen immediately - or he will override them.
President Donald Trump has demanded that US state governors allow places of worship to reopen immediately, as the country moves gradually towards a lifting of Covid-19 lockdown measures.
"Today I am identifying houses of worship - churches, synagogues and mosques - as essential places that provide essential services," he told a news conference at the White House."The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, for this weekend.
"If they don't do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less."Establishing what constitutes essential services has been a prerogative of state and local officials, rather than the federal government, and many have restricted houses of worship from holding group services to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
In some areas, churches have opened under strict social distancing rules, while in others, pastors and priests have held services outdoors, with worshippers staying in their cars. But Mr Trump said houses of worship should be allowed to open just like other places that were designated essential services - including drug stores, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and health clinics, as well as stores that sell alcohol.
"Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It's not right," the US president said.Earlier today Mr Trump announced he plans to withdraw the United States from the Open Skies Treaty with Russia.
It is the third arms control pact Mr Trump has withdrawn the US from since coming to office.The US leader said Russia had not stuck to its commitments under the 18-year-old pact, which was designed to improve military transparency and confidence between the superpowers.
"Russia did not adhere to the treaty," he told reporters at the White House, adding that "until they adhere, we will pull out."The New York Times reported that Mr Trump plans to inform Russia of the move tomorrow, and that it could be a prelude to the US also withdrawing from the New START Treaty, which limits the number of nuclear missiles the United States and Russia can deploy.
The Open Skies agreement between Russia, the United States and 32 other countries, mostly members of the NATO alliance, permits one country's military to conduct a certain number of surveillance flights over another each year on short notice.The aircraft can survey the territory below, collecting information and pictures of military installations and activities.
Time for Ireland to follow suit. This should keep his ‘bible thumping’ followers happy! Land of the free not while trumps in charge becoming a dictator Can church services not be held outdoors while remaining socially distant. Given the small numbers who attend don’t see it being that difficult. TheGreenParty fiannafailparty and FineGael USING COVID to cancel Local Free Recycle Bring Centre city wide. NO VIABLE REASON
That's exactly why msm hates him, he stands for what is right, he's also white christian man in power and that drives them crazy. Funny how state's rights only matters when it's suits the republicans. Well done Trump!! Amen Good for trump, another example of him standing up for everyone regardless. RTE might want to broadcast this VERY IMPORTANT information to the people of Ireland
God Bless you Trump ❤️ Scary shit! 🤔 Somebody needs to tell him the filthy rich cant get into heaven! it says so in the bible. RTE are rolling down the hill so quickly in their feminist steam roller that they will not be able to steer clear of the chasm. He doesn’t have the authority. American press is amplifying the botnets pushing for early opening of everything - while focusing almost exclusively on astroturfed protests to open - it gives him and his base a false sense of dominance.
I worship the pub as it happens There's no need for churches to be opened. Worship can be done at home, even over zoom A real leader. Open the catholic church now. Any chance ye could report on Ireland? Or any other country's for that matter? Oh god!!!! How? Call up the army? Arm the faithful? Yet he can’t what a tool
here some homework for you RTÉ love deflecting, Match them better do what they are paid to do and report real news instead of lick arsing FG. A real leader. Drop the over from the last part of that and it'd be more believable 😂 Dopey Donald!!! Someone please explain the separation of powers in the states....idiot
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