Pastor stops Donald Trump as he berates Hillary Clinton in black church

Donald Trump is interrupted by Pastor Faith Green Timmons, of Bethel United Methodist Church, while speaking at the church in Flint on Sept 14, 2016.
Donald Trump is interrupted by Pastor Faith Green Timmons, of Bethel United Methodist Church, while speaking at the church in Flint on Sept 14, 2016.PHOTO: NYTIMES

FLINT (Michigan) • The pastor of a black church in Flint, Michigan, stopped Mr Donald Trump on Wednesday while he was in the midst of criticising Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and said the Republican presidential nominee had not been invited to talk about politics.

As Mr Trump went after Mrs Clinton for her support of global trade deals, pastor Faith Green Timmons interrupted to tell him that her church had not invited him to "give a political speech".

"Oh, oh, okay, that's good," Mr Trump responded, shuffling papers on his podium at Bethel United Methodist Church.

He then made a few remarks about fixing Flint's drinking-water issues before departing.

He was visiting the city to view its water crisis first-hand and extend his recent outreach to African-American voters ahead of the election on Nov 8.

Polls show black voters largely favour Mrs Clinton.

Mr Trump held an event at a black church in nearby Detroit earlier this month, and has pledged in recent speeches to help the black community, which he has described as being besieged by poverty and crime.

During his remarks on Wednesday, the New York real estate developer was also challenged by some members of the crowd of about 50 people. One woman accused him of discriminating against black renters as a landlord in the 1970s. "No, I never would, never would," Mr Trump replied.

REUTERS

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