Trump Blames Black Lives Matter After African-American Church Leaders Cancel Meeting

A meeting between Donald Trump and 100 African-American church leaders has been cancelled and the GOP candidate speculates why.

The Trump campaign has cancelled a news conference which was set up to announce that he was being endorsed by 100 African-American church leaders.

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The endorsement was supposedly going to be announced on Monday after a summit meeting between the candidate and the pastors at Trump Tower in New York City. But several church leaders said they had no intention of endorsing Trump.

The meeting was set up, they said, merely to discuss various issues with him.

The GOP front runner even posted about the meeting on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

Will be meeting on Monday at Trump Tower with a large group of African American Pastors. Many I know-wonderful people! Not a press event.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2015

Trump had an explanation when he called in to MSNBC's Morning Joe on Monday: “They wanted to meet and I think that was great. I was told it was an endorsement, whether it is or isn’t, that is fine, I think having a meeting is a good thing.

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“Unfortunately, everything I do gets publicity and probably some of the Black Lives Matter folks called them up and said: ‘Oh, you shouldn’t be meeting with Trump because he believes in All Lives Matter.’ I believe that black lives do matter but I believe that All Lives Matter very strongly.”

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