Donald Trump, the leading U.S. Republican presidential candidate, held a private meeting with African-American ministers at the Trump Tower in New York City on Monday.
Members of the Coalition of African American Ministers met with Trump during the two-hour meeting to discuss issues of faith, job creation, illegal immigration, along with other issues.
“This was an extraordinary meeting of religious leaders, many of whom have decided to endorse me – such a great honor,” Trump said during an impromptu statement following the meeting. “I look forward to future meetings with the Coalition of African American Ministers.”
The meeting came after some controversy: The Trump campaign had initially sent out a media advisory that claimed a coalition of 100 African American Evangelical pastors and religious leaders would endorse Trump. But some of the pastors reacted with surprise, saying they were only going to meet the businessman. Some, however, did endorse the Republican candidate.
“Mr. Trump is a real leader and I have great respect for his honesty and candor,” said Pastor Darrell Scott, a member of the Coalition who endorsed Mr. Trump and helped organize the meeting. “He is going to make our country great again and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President.”
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