Real-estate magnate Donald Trump ended up holding a Monday press conference with black pastors after all.
After abruptly cancelling the event the day before, the Republican presidential front-runner suddenly appeared for a chaotic press conference at Trump Tower following his closed-door meeting with the group.
Trump at times dipped into the background of his cadre of supporters as they answered a flurry of media questions.
“I thought it was an amazing meeting. I met some fantastic people, some of whom I’ve known,” Trump declared at one point. “You know it lasted for more than two and a half hours. We came up with lots of good ideas and lots of future ideas. But I thought it was an amazing meeting.”
There were some tensions going into the meeting. Trump suggested Monday morning that some of the 100 black pastors that his campaign said were to endorse him after their pow wow had rescinded their support amid pressure from Black Lives Matter activists.
But some of the pastors appeared to clearly oppose Trump’s candidacy. One person going into the meeting reportedly said he wanted to address Trump’s “racism” with the candidate.
Trump’s supporters gathered for the impromptu press conference were clearly a more enthusiastic bunch. Some highlights from the event can be found below.
A pastor decried the ‘liberal media’ smearing Trump’s reputation:
Trump warned presidential rival and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to be ‘careful’:
Trump declared that the meeting was ‘amazing’:
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