Donald Trump to have a closed-door meeting with conservative, evangelical leaders

Trump campaign merchandise vendor David Dickson from Florida holds Trump campaign 'Make America Great Again' hats dusted with falling snow outside a Trump campaign town hall event in Londonderry, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. | REUTERS/JIM BOURG

The top names of evangelical groups and conservative leaders will be having a closed-door meeting with the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to further their understanding of the candidate.

President of the Family Research Council Tony Perkins told Time that the main purpose of the meeting is simply to have a conversation, and that the idea is "very similar to what happened a couple of weeks ago with Mr. Trump and people on Capitol Hill, getting an opportunity really to sit down face to face and interact with each other, and that allays a lot of anxiety on both sides."

The invitation-only event set for June 21 in New York City will be attended by at least 400 social conservative leaders. Fox News named the invited Evangelicals such as Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, James Dobson, Penny Nance, Ralph Reed, Bob McEwen, Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association, Kelly Shackleford of First Liberty, and mega-church pastors Jack Graham and Ed Young.

"I want to be actively supportive of a candidate who can help turn this nation around," Fox News quoted Perkins as saying. "With Trump – I'm not there yet. I hope to be there – but I'm not there right now."

Perkins admitted that they still have no idea what the meeting will lead to but he's hopeful that it will help conservative leaders reach a decision for the upcoming election.

Trump, a well-known business tycoon-turned politician, has been widely criticized for issues concerning abortion, women, and non-whites. A small group of Christian leaders have been dissuading the public from voting for him on Election Day.

"We cannot change what exists or even alter it or adjust it sitting on the sidelines and prognosticating about the situation," Floyd, the Southern Baptist president said. He also cited their responsibilities as American citizens to practice their right to vote.