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NY Times: Trump's Interview With Black Pastor Scripted, to Be Edited

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 09:54 PM

Donald Trump's upcoming interview with a black pastor in Detroit has been scripted and will be edited with help from the Trump campaign, The New York Times reports.

Trump will sit down with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries for the interview which will be taped on Saturday, but not aired until a week later on Jackson's Christian cable channel, Impact Network.

The Times says it has obtained what it calls a leaked "script" of the planned interview in which questions have been submitted ahead of time and answers have been crafted by Trump's team with input from black Republicans in an effort to keep Trump from saying the wrong thing.

The eight-page draft contains 12 questions submitted by Jackson and the answers written by aides for the campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to the report. The answers could be adjusted based on input from the black Republicans being consulted, an aide close to the planning told the Times.

Trump will not be speaking to the congregation of Jackson's church, Great Faith Ministries International, which the Times reported has angered some black Republicans who feel Trump should make a greater effort to reach black voters. Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" Thursday that he does plan to do more outreach to African Americans, with whom he has struggled.

He repeated the line he has used to black voters before: "What the hell do you have to lose?" and said Democrats have done nothing for them for the past five decades.

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Times she has not heard about any script.

"I'm not aware of the document you reference but, as you know, Mr. Trump is an unscripted candidate," Hicks said. "He is genuine and authentic, but not unprepared. Mr. Trump looks forward to attending what is sure to be an important event on Saturday."

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