Trump not welcome in state after 'petulant' mask moment

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"State governors don't work for Trump and he can't "override" them via presidential decree", Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said in a tweet.

Dr Deborah Birx, the coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, said that faith community leaders should be in touch with their local health departments and can take steps to mitigate risks, including making sure those who are at high risk of severe complications remain protected. He said the state is now in Stage 1 but did not provide hard dates for when the next phases can begin.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are some 1.6 million cases in the US and about 96,000 COVID-19 deaths. Only New York has more deaths and cases among American states.

"The $100,000 check she held up like a prop appeared to be a real check from Capital One, complete with the relevant details".

The faith communities in this country have the unique opportunity to set the tone for reopening our nation.

He said governors will have a hard time if they don't comply. "And I hope that the voters of MI will remember this when November comes, that he didn't care enough about their safety, he didn't care about their welfare, he didn't respect them enough just to engage in the very simple task, the painless task, the easy task of wearing a mask when he was provided one", she vented.

During the fifth and sixth weeks of reopening - or whenever the amount of new COVID-19 cases in the state has plateaued or decreased and reliable therapeutic and treatment options for the coronavirus exist - religious facilities can operate at 75 percent capacity.

"Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential" but not churches, he said.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel wrote a letter to the White House requesting for Trump to wear a mask during his visit to the Ford plant in accordance with a recent state wide order. "I am correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential". (Elsa/Getty Images) Worshipers who helped pack food Iftar, pray while maintaining social distancing during the month of Ramadan at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. on April 28, 2020. "Truth is we were in that room and are every day to ask questions and get to the truth, to get to the facts behind these decisions".

"These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united", he said.

A person familiar with the White House's thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations said Trump had called the news conference, which had not been on his public schedule, because he wanted to be the face of church reopenings, knowing how well it would play with his base.



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