*Donald Trump is due to visit the Great Faith Ministries International church in Detroit on Saturday and sit down with its pastor Bishop Wayne T. Jackson for a question-and-answer session that will be taped for a later broadcast.
Thanks to the New York Times, we now know what the GOP presidential nominee is likely to answer.
“I want to make race disappear as a factor in government and governance,” Trump is due to say, according to the paper, which reported Thursday that it obtained a leaked document showing the 12 questions Bishop Jackson intends to ask Trump, as well as Trump’s answers.
The proposed responses were crafted by aides working for the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an official. The report also said his aides will also help edit the interview before it airs on the pastor’s Impact Network.
Trump will also be asked about his vision for black Americans.
“If we are to make America great again, we must reduce, rather than highlight, issues of race in this country,” read Trump’s proposed answer.
To a question about whether his campaign is racist, the script suggests that Trump avoid repeating the word, and instead speak about improving education and getting people off welfare.
“The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding,” Trump is advised to say.
Trump will also be asked if he is a Christian, if he believes in the Bible and is inspired by the word of God.
“As I went through my life, things got busy with business, but my family kept me grounded to the truth and the word of God,” Trump has been told to say.
“I treasure my relationship with my family, and through them, I have a strong faith enriched by an ever-wonderful God.”
The interview is not on Trump’s official schedule and is not open to the public or the media.
Jason Miller, a senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, said the nominee is also planning to address the congregation for between five and 10 minutes after the interview, an apparent change to the original plan.
Trump is then scheduled to visit various Detroit neighborhoods with Dr. Ben Carson, his former campaign rival-turned-advisor who grew up in Detroit.