By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political journalist for Dailymail.com
President Trump said on Saturday that he was tempted to grant churches a social distancing exemption to celebrate Easter.
“And I mentioned it before, I said,” maybe we could allow special events – for churches – maybe we could talk about it, maybe we could allow them a great separation outside on Easter Sunday, “he said at the White House media availability. “But somebody said,” Well, then you sort of open up to this little one – do we want to take a chance to do it when we’re doing so well? “”
The president then declared, like many Americans, that he would watch Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services on his laptop.
President Trump said on Saturday that he was tempted to allow exemptions for churches on social distancing guidelines to celebrate Easter Sunday
Trump said he would watch Palm Sunday and Easter services on his laptop. Here he was pictured with his daughter Tiffany and his wife Melania at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Church in Palm Beach, Florida, at Easter 2018
After the briefing, President Trump tweeted Saturday evening that he would listen to Pastor Greg Laurie performing Palm Sunday services
“I will be watching live tomorrow from Riverside, California, a large church,” said the president.
He later tweeted more details saying he would listen to Pastor Greg Laurie’s sermon from Harvest Church in the city of California.
Laurie is a strong supporter of the President.
Trump has said he will do the same in a week, marking the Easter holidays.
“I think at Easter I may be watching on a laptop,” he said.
The president then deplored the impact of social distancing to fight the spread of the coronavirus on Holy Week for those of the Christian faiths.
The White House’s annual Easter egg roll has already been canceled. Trump said he would watch Palm Sunday and Easter services from a computer this year
“How do you say we have … Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and people watch on laptops and computers,” he said.
The big White House event, the annual Easter Egg Roll, has been canceled.
At a press conference on Saturday, Trump tried to prepare the country for what should be a difficult week in terms of death from coronavirus.
“Unfortunately there will be many deaths. But far fewer deaths than if it weren’t done, “he said of home support orders that almost all states have in place, as well as federal government guidelines on distancing. social.
Vice President Mike Pence made sure to point out that the week was also Holy Week for American Christians.
The president originally wanted to start reopening US businesses before Easter Sunday, but changed his tune last Sunday by announcing that federal guidelines for social distancing would remain in place until the end of April.