Trump 'to adopt more presidential demeanour'

WASHINGTON • Top advisers to Mr Donald Trump have assured Republican Party leaders that the New York billionaire would adopt a more presidential demeanour soon, to temper the image projected during his campaign so far.

Mr Trump's representatives, including newly recruited senior advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley, had private meetings with leaders of the Republican National Committee at a resort hotel in Florida, where the party is holding a three-day meeting.

"The part that he's been playing is now evolving into the part that you've been expecting. The negatives will come down, the image is going to change," Mr Manafort assured the party leaders on Thursday, according to a tape of the session heard by Reuters.

Mr Trump has been "projecting an image" to energise voters, Mr Manafort said, adding that he will soon concentrate on "crooked Hillary", the nickname that Mr Trump has given to Mrs Hillary Clinton, the favourite for the Democratic Party's nomination.

"You'll see a different guy," said Mr Manafort. But in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Mr Trump suggested he was not ready to change from the style that has brought him close to the Republican presidential nomination.

"I just don't know if I want to do it yet," the candidate said.

REUTERS

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