Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday morning to explain how New York area Catholic churches are planning to reinstitute religious services in light of the coronavirus pandemic, Cardinal Timothy Dola brushed aside accusations from Donald Trump that Democratic governors are hindering the free exercise of religion.
After talking about wanting to get Catholic masses back on track in an age of social distancing, host Alisyn Camerota asked about Trump’s claims about government interference.
“President Trump said yesterday that churches are not being treated with respect by Democratic governors. Has that been your experience?” host Camerota asked.
“Well, I can only talk, Alisyn, about New York,” Dolan replied. “I compliment the job that Governor [Andrew] Cuomo has done. I’ve complimented Mayor [Bill] de Blasio. Yeah, I complimented President Trump.”
“I think our leaders have not let us down. they’ve worked hard and they’re trying their best,” he continued. “I wouldn’t feel that in New York. I found our governor, our mayor, Senator [Chuck] Schumer to be very attentive and sensitive. They’ve been especially eager to have us in compliance with the guidelines, been kind enough to say the religious communities have come through in being very safe and conscious of health. They’ve been sensitive as well and say we want to work hard to get you back.”
“Governor Cuomo on Thursday named a religious advisory panel to kind of help him decide when we can get back, to help us decide when we can begin to get back just as he’s doing with business and sports and recreation and all,” he added. “So they’re not leaving religion out, no. So far, I don’t have any complaints.”
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general
Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.
Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."
After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.
Trump is bleeding support from the only voters who have stuck with him since 2016
President Donald Trump is losing support from his evangelical base as he lurches from one crisis into another.
Numerous polls show that religious Americans, like most other Americans, disapprove of the president's performance, and that could imperil his re-election chances, reported the New York Times.
Nearly 80 percent of white evangelicals -- a group that's already shrinking as a share of the electorate -- approved of Trump's performance in March, but his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has bled 15 points from their support, according to a new poll from Public Religion Research Institute.