Christianity Today editor-in-chief Mark Galli defended his call to remove President Trump from office on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday, explaining that he's not making a "political judgment," but rather a "moral" one.

"I'm not really making a political judgment about him, because that's not our expertise at Christianity Today. I am making a moral judgment that he's morally unfit, or even more precisely, it's his public morality that makes him unfit. Anybody in leadership has — none of us are perfect. We're not looking for saints. ... But a president has certain responsibilities as a public figure to display a certain level of public character and public morality."
— Mark Galli

The big picture: Galli wrote in an editorial in Christianity Today, a prominent evangelical magazine founded by Billy Graham, that Trump should be removed from office in the wake of his impeachment, arguing: "To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence."

  • The editorial prompted outrage from Trump, who condemned Christianity Today as a "far-left magazine," as well a statement from Franklin Graham claiming that his father would have disagreed with Galli's position.
  • In his CBS interview, Galli acknowledged that Trump has done a lot for the white evangelical community and still maintains strong support, but added that he doesn't believe they can "in good conscience" continue the "trade-off" of accepting Trump because he backs pro-life and religious freedom policies.
  • "He gives us what we need on pro-life, but he's got this bad character. The fundamental argument I'm making is: We crossed a line somewhere in the impeachment hearings, at least in my mind — that balance no longer works," Galli said.

Go deeper: Ex-pastor Josh Harris says evangelical support for Trump is "incredibly damaging to the Gospel"

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Why it matters: The 47-year-old Stitt is believed to be the first governor in the U.S. to test positive. He attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa last month, which the county's health department director said likely contributed to a surge in cases in the region.

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  3. Public health: Florida's outbreak is getting worse — Testing is again overwhelmed by massive U.S. caseload.
  4. Business: UnitedHealth posts most profitable quarter in its history — Walmart will require all customers to wear masks.
  5. Politics: White House says it didn't clear Navarro op-ed that attacked Fauci.

Walmart will require all customers to wear masks

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Walmart will require all customers to wear face masks beginning next week in all of its 5,000 company-owned stores, in addition to its Sam's Club locations, the company announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Walmart is the largest retailer in the U.S. and the latest in a string of national chains — including Costco and Starbucks — to mandate masks for customers.