WATCH: McEnany Accuses Media of “Desperately Wanting” Churches to Remain Closed

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many places of worship have had to close their doors. Due to the way people are congregated, churches has been breeding grounds for the virus. One person in California exposed 180 people to coronavirus while attending a Mothers Day service.

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Still, the White House has been pushing for churches to reopen and on Friday, Donald Trump announced that he would make them essential businesses. When one reporter questioned the safety of such a move, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused the media of wanting churches to remain closed.

Reporter Ben Tracy asked, “If a governor does not allow that, does the White House support churches that defy these executive orders?”

After a back and forth, McEnany claimed, “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.”

White House reporter Jeff Mason angrily countered, “I object to that. 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.”

To that, McEnany contentiously answered, “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.”

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