Donald Trump's Twitter
accounts went dark on the subject of Monday's victory for abortion rights advocates.
As of early Monday night, there was no comment from the GOP presumptive candidate on his favorite social platforms concerning the Supreme Court ruling
that overturns provisions of a restrictive Texas abortion law.
It was a still-explosive subject when other GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, and conservatives weighed in on shortly after the ruling.
Instead, Trump hit other familiar targets on his Twitter
feed Monday, including CNN, saying the network's coverage was "all negative when it comes to me," and against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton
and Senator Elizabeth Warren, who campaigned together in Ohio.
But according to Bloomberg, the Trump campaign reached out directly to Christian leaders instead of issuing either an official statement or social media posting.
Earlier Monday, the campaign engaged its recently-appointed Executive Evangelical Advisory Board about the ruling, reaffirming Trump's commitment to appoint pro-life justices to the nation's highest court, Bloomberg reports, citing unnamed sources.
Afterwards, the board released a statement obtained by Bloomberg Politics echoing the campaign's message and referring to a meeting of more than 1,000 religious leaders in Manhattan last week.
"In an unprecedented meeting last week with American Christian leaders, Donald J. Trump promised to only appoint pro-life justices," the board's statement said. "We commend him and pray that the tragedy of today's ruling will not be repeated in subsequent administrations."
Evangelical leaders at the meeting said Trump made himself clear and doesn’t need to issue another statement.
"He doesn’t need to repeat himself," Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, an activist organization that works to shut down abortion clinics, tells Bloomberg.
"He said he’d defund Planned Parenthood and put pro-life justices on the Supreme Court and that’s the cure. Right now, the judiciary is the problem."
Trump has often struggled to explain his position on abortion throughout his campaign:
In March, Trump told MSNBC
host Chris Matthews, "there has to be some form of punishment" for women seeking to get abortions if they were illegal — prompting a later clarification that "the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman."
"My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions," Trump said in the statement, NBC News reported.
And in April, Trump told CBS
he'd prefer laws on abortion be left to the states — a position at odds with conservatives, who want to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
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