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Donald Trump meeting with Latino, African-American activists in Manhattan

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MANHATTAN — Donald Trump is meeting with participants in a new Republican Party initiative meant to train young -- and largely minority -- campaign volunteers.

More than a dozen members of the Republican Leadership Institute were meeting with Trump Thursday morning at Trump Tower in New York City.

The meeting comes as Trump tries to increase his outreach to black and Latino voters, saying his economic policies would help minorities.

Trump said: "We have great relationships with the African-American community."

He claimed that Democrats have been "very disrespectful" toward minorities and taken their support for granted. Polls show minorities overwhelmingly favor Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Ben Carson, a Trump ally, and Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's communications director, were among the other prominent Republicans present.