President Donald Trump proclaimed that all houses of worship were "essential" and must open whether they wanted to or not. While Americans had a choice of whether to attend services at their church, Trump maintained that "it's not right" to have churches be closed.
"So I'm correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship essential," he said during a statement at the White House. "I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there's any question, they're going to have to call me, but they're not going to be successful in that call. 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."
He then left without taking any questions.
While Trump explained that churches were so important, they weren't important enough for him to attend services on Sunday. Instead, he went to worship on the links, praying to the god of "under par" at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.
"In America we need more prayer, not less," Trump said on Friday. It's unclear if the golf course is the place where he prays the most
It was something that didn't go unnoticed from those asking where Trump would worship on Sunday.
You can see the tweets below:
Anyone know which church services trump will be attending today?— Tris Resists (@Tris Resists)1590327587.0
Even though @realDonaldTrump called for churches to be opened and deemed an “essential service” despite them being… https://t.co/74W2r4qDqC— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan)1590343568.0
I found the church Trump went to today, masks and all. https://t.co/z9zWmLSr0A— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1590347938.0
I assume Donald Trump will show us how safe churches are by attending his church this Sunday.— Bill Prady (@Bill Prady)1590207894.0
So, which church is Trump worshipping at today? https://t.co/m8mQsHnvwF— Minh Ngo (@Minh Ngo)1590327944.0
Any word on which church Trump attended this morning?— Ted (@Ted)1590334490.0
I’m sure Trump is attending early service at his Church of choice this morning, right? He & Melania are sitting in… https://t.co/uyNSLPJd3m— Gramma In The Moon (@Gramma In The Moon)1590322139.0
Why isn't #trump at church today after self-righteously ordering Governors to reopen their houses of worship? My g… https://t.co/mrr5aXv9pT— Michael 🌊🧢🌊 #BidenHarris2020 (@Michael 🌊🧢🌊 #BidenHarris2020)1590342728.0
Told y’all @realDonaldTrump was a fake Christian. “Trump Goes to Golf Club, Not Church, After Demanding Houses of W… https://t.co/4recBjZWBk— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin)1590346640.0
Anyone know which church service Donald Trump will be attending today? There are plenty to choose from in Maryland… https://t.co/2IJgz93hbY— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1590328110.0
What church did Trump go to today?— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1590342672.0
Evangelicals are praising Donald Trump for trying to reopen churches, but the only thing Donald Trump attends less… https://t.co/1d7ya45SZb— Middle Age Riot (@Middle Age Riot)1590348392.0
So when is Donald Trump going to a church service today? https://t.co/6puW0TyVQk— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1590341574.0
I see Trump didn't go to church today, after saying that they were all essential. It appears he's busy praying to the god of 18 holes.— (((Charles Young))) (@(((Charles Young))))1590350079.0
I honestly believe that if *former* president Obama went golfing today, there would be more outrage on the right th… https://t.co/Guiiam9Auh— jeremy scahill (@jeremy scahill)1590355825.0
Trump's Former Pastor Says the President Never Entered the Church Doors https://t.co/RPhYMm9rj7— Granny (@Granny)1590273610.0