In a Friday afternoon press conference, President Trump declares houses of worship "essential services" that must be allowed to open "right now ... this weekend."
He said he will "override" governors who defy his declaration and attempt to keep houses of worship closed.
"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 from the White House podium.
"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."