In the wake of President Trump’s calls for churches to immediately reopen despite state lockdown orders, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany got some pushback from a reporter after she claimed that the media “desperately” wants churches to remain closed.
“The president will strongly encourage every governor to allow their churches to reopen, and boy, it is interesting to be in a room that desperately wants to seem to see these churches and houses of worship stay closed,” McEnany said.
That’s when Reuters reporter Jeff Mason spoke up.
“I object to that,” he said. “I go to church. I’m dying to go back to church. The question we are asking you and would have liked to have asked the president and Dr. [Deborah] Birks is, Is it safe? If it is not safe, is the president trying to encourage that, or does the president agree with Dr. Birks that people should wait.”
McEnany replied, “Jeff, it is safe to reopen your churches and you do so in accordance with the guidelines which are laid out in very stringent detail here.”
"Kayleigh, I object to that. I go to church. I'm dying to go back to church" — @jeffmason1 takes umbrage after McEnany suggests that reporters don't want churches to reopen because they have something against religion pic.twitter.com/uEJQDgcApN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 22, 2020