Trump to parishioners at black Detroit church: ‘I’m here to listen’

Republican presidential candidate addresses the predominately black congregation

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Donald Trump struck to a prepared script during a service held at Great Faith Ministries Church in Detroit before a predominately African American congregation.

As the service began, Trump could be seen near the front of the church swaying to  “What a Mighty God We Serve.”

“This has been an amazing day for me,” Trump said after taking the stage. He called the African American Christian community “one of God’s greatest gifts to America” and said he was attending the religious service in Detroit on Saturday “to listen to your message — and I hope my presence here today will help your message reach new voices.”

Donald Trump speaks to black voters at Detroit church, Saturday, September 3, 2016

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The GOP presidential candidate appeared at Great Faith Ministries with former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigualt and former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a Detroit native.

Trump didn’t sidestep the question of race in his remarks. He said presently America sidelines “young black men with tremendous potential” and said “our entire country misses out when we are unable to harness the potential and energy of these folks.”

Trump confirmed that he taped a one-on-one interview Saturday morning with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson on the pastor’s Impact Network, the television network Jackson founded in 2010. Trump called it an “amazing interview” and, to wild cheers from the congregation, said Jackson’s interviewing skills were “better than the people who are doing that professionally, I can tell you.”

As his remarks ended, church leaders then placed a Jewish prayer shawl upon Trump’s shoulders.

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