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Trump deems places of worship 'essential,' claims he can order their reopening

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEMay 22, 2020, 5:37 PM UTC / Updated May 22, 2020, 6:25 PM UTCBy Shannon Pettypiece, Kristen Welker and Carol E. LeeWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that places of worship are "essential" and should open this weekend, threatening to override governors who don't allow churches, synagogues and mosques to reopen in the coming days."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," Trump said during impromptu remarks to reporters. "So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship e ...