*Donald Trump said Monday he would be delivering his first speech before members of a black church in Detroit, but it looks like that’s not happening quite as advertised.
Trump’s hype man, Pastor Mark Burns, had said in a statement that the GOP presidential nominee would attend Great Faith Ministries to address churchgoers to “outline policies that will impact minorities and the disenfranchised in our country” and answer questions “that are relevant to the African-American community.”
But according to the Detroit Free Press, Trump’s “appearance” will consist of a one-on-one interview with the church’s pastor Bishop Wayne T. Jackson on the church’s Impact Network, which won’t air to the public until at least one week after it’s taped.
“He’ll be here Saturday. He’s going to sit in service and have the experience in the black church, and then he and I will be in this office and do an interview for the Impact Network that will be aired later on,” Jackson told the paper. “Just like any visitor, there will be fellowship at the service, and he can talk to people one-on-one.”
Jackson, who told the Detroit Free Press that he has always voted for Democrats, said he plans to ask Trump if he’s a Christian, and if he’s racist.
“He needs to come to African-American communities,” he told the paper. “You can’t talk to African Americans in white venues.”
However, Jackson still believes Trump’s visit, which may include a private meeting with a small group of church-goers, will be beneficial in some way.
“My congregation trusts my judgment,” he said. “They know that I’m not going to put anything or anyone in front of them that I feel is going to be harmful, and I feel we should have an educated conversation about what you’re going to do.”
Watch the Detroit Free Press’ interview with Bishop Jackson below: