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US president says worship ‘essential’ and orders governors to act, Muslims worldwide prepare for Eid; blame game in Australia over jobkeeper scheme mistake

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As mentioned, US president Donald Trump declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess.

Guardian US reporter David Smith reports from Washington that Trump held a two-minute press conference without taking questions from media, declaring: “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”.

The president has called three prominent black journalists dumb in the last month alone. pic.twitter.com/XXUTeRL6XS

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