Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivered remarks from a Methodist church in Flint, Michigan this afternoon, but one of the church’s pastors interrupted him when he started attacking his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
After discussing Flint’s water crisis, Trump went into his standard talking points, saying that Hillary Clinton has failed on the economy and on foreign policy. In the middle of a sentence, Trump was interrupted by a pastor, who came up to the podium and asked him to refrain from being political.
“Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not to give a political speech,” said the pastor, whose name is Faith Green Timmons according to Fox News. Her comment to Trump was met with some applause from the audience.
Trump appeared to be apologetic, quickly going back into discussing Flint and not mentioning Hillary Clinton for the remainder of his speech. The pastor later confirmed to reporters that she did not want Trump being political at the church, according to NBC’s Ali Vitali.
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reports that Trump seems to have kept his remarks shorter than anticipated. Indeed, the second half of Trump’s speech appeared to be a bit rushed, and the visit only lasted a few minutes in total. CNN’s Phil Mattingly also adds that those at the church were told that some would get to ask questions, but Trump ended up leaving immediately after the remarks.
Before stopping by the church on Wednesday, Donald Trump toured the Flint Water Treatment Plant, according to The Detroit News.