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Trump Predicts Evangelical Support, Downplays Clinton Faith Question

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By    |   Wednesday, 22 Jun 2016 10:08 AM

Donald Trump insisted in a Wednesday interview that he didn't question Hillary Clinton's faith during an evangelical gathering on Tuesday in a negative way, but because he knows nothing about it.

"A question was asked of me what do I think," Trump told CBS' Norah O'Donnell in an interview airing on "CBS This Morning" program. "I said I know nothing about it. I'm not saying that in a negative way. I've watched Hillary for a long time.

"I don't know anything about her faith. I wouldn't question her faith. Somebody said to me, 'What do you think?' I said, 'I don't know anything about it.'"

Trump said he also was not worried about a press conference on Wednesday, where  evangelical leaders would not say if they were endorsing him, or about comments by  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, who disagreed with Trump's questions on Clinton's faith.

"Tony Perkins is a [Ted] Cruz guy, 100 percent Cruz," Trump said. "He's not for me."

Meanwhile, Trump, after speaking at a large evangelical gathering on Tuesday, told O'Donnell that he is sure he'll get the evangelical support.

"I beat Cruz badly with evangelicals . . . I will get evangelical support," said Trump, pointing out that 100 people were expected at Tuesday's gathering that ended up bringing in 1,000 people, and he thinks most of the room, except maybe "grandstanders like Tony Perkins" supported him.

"I don't think — I know, almost 95 percent of the room was in favor of Donald Trump," he said. "If you look at the numbers, I get with evangelicals, we have tremendous, tremendous response from the evangelical community. And I won the election, I won the primaries largely based on the support of evangelicals."

He also talked during the interview about the influence that his adult children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric have on his campaign.

"My children are very smart, and they're not much involved in the campaign," he said. "I rely on them from the standpoint of I like to listen to intelligent people. They're intelligent."

And when it comes to former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who Trump fired earlier in the week, his children like him very much, and "two felt really badly" that Lewandowski was let go.

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