Trump Meets With Black GOP Leaders: I Have Made Outreach "A Focal Point" And Numbers Are Going Up Rapidly

Donald Trump met with black and hispanic Republican leaders, including Pastor Mark Burns and Dr. Ben Carson, on Thursday at Trump Tower in NYC. Trump said that he had made outreach to African-Americans a "focal point" of his campaign; "And we are making it a very important part of our speeches and of our thought process." "It's got to be everybody or we don't have a great country," Trump said. "But a very important part of the message for me is the African-American community because they have really been let down by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump is meeting now with African American and Hispanic GOP activists at Trump Tower. Pool photo from <a href="https://twitter.com/alivitali">@alivitali</a> <a href="https://t.co/7C5c1Ry9b6">pic.twitter.com/7C5c1Ry9b6</a></p>— Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN) <a href="https://twitter.com/KilloughCNN/status/768819432458219524">August 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Full transcript: <blockquotE>DONALD TRUMP: We were just talking about the fact that we have great relationships, and the numbers are going up with the African-American community rapidly. We've had, you know, and I've always had great relationships with African-American communities, and now I've made it such a focal point. [Pastor Mark] Burns, has been with us all the way, and he sees what's happening, he sees what's going on. But I've made it a very important focal point in the speeches themselves, talking about the little work that's been done by the Democrats for African-Americans. They've done, they've been very disrespectful as far as I'm concerned to the African-American population of this country. And we are making it a very important part of our speeches and of our thought process. And it's had a tremendous impact. It's had a tremendous impact. BEN CARSON: And would you say that what you been emphasizing is the fact that in order to Make America Great Again, we have to make all of it great again, including our inner cities -- TRUMP: Including the Hispanics, African-Americans, it's got to be everybody or we don't have a great country. We have a divided country. And it's been a very important part, most of you have been at my speeches over the last couple of weeks, it's been a very important element. It's been very, very important, and it's having an impact. You see what's going on with the polls. The polls just came out, CNN just came out, we're leading -- a couple of them have come out. We're lead anything Florida. We're doing well all over. And I guess nationally we're also leading in a couple. Big difference. And they're getting -- people are hearing the message. But a very important part of the message for me is the African-American community because they have really been let down by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. QUESTION: You going to need to give an immigration speech at some point to lay out all these points you've been making? Sure, I will. I will be doing that, I'd say, over the next week. I look forward to that. Very strong on illegal immigration. Don't let the media fool the media. [laughter] Very strong on illegal immigration. We have to be. We have no choice. We either have a country or we don't. We either have borders or we don't. The wall is very important, but so I'll be making a speech on that I would say over the next week laying out an exact plan, and I think people will have great respect for the plan. Okay?</BLOCKQUOTE> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump, asked about discriminatory lending: "If you're African American it is very, very hard to get a loan and I want to look into it."</p>— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) <a href="https://twitter.com/alivitali/status/768826825996955653">August 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Trump, talking immigration this AM: "Don't let the media fool the media. Very strong on illegal immigration, we have to be."</p>— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) <a href="https://twitter.com/alivitali/status/768825828390100992">August 25, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>