Donald Trump tells African-American church in Detroit: I'm here to listen and learn

For the first time as a candidate, Republican presidential bet Donald Trump spoke at an African-American church in Detroit last Saturday and said he was there to listen and learn from them.

Trump visited Great Faith International Ministries Church in Detroit, Michigan as part of his plan to reach out to significant Democratic alliances. His 20-minute message focused on unity and bringing back economic prosperity to the community.

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a campaign event at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio August 1, 2016. | Reuters/Eric Thayer

Trump said African-Americans have been America's conscience for centuries and that the community's faith is one of the greatest gifts of God to the state. He also pointed out that America was missing out when the tremendous potential of talented black men is not utilized.

He also said that black churches are foundations of the Christian faith and the civil rights movement. He enjoined the congregation to help him bring back the prosperity to cities, saying that he wants to help rebuild Detroit and make its economy the "envy of the world." 

Furthermore, Trump spoke about a strongly divided nation.

He explained, "We talk past each other and not to each other. And those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what's going on. I'm here today to learn, so that we can together remedy injustice in any form, and so that we can also remedy economics so that the African-American community can benefit economically through jobs and income and so many other different ways."

Trump also said that the Democrats have failed U.S. residents especially African-Americans, citing that current problems are caused by Clinton-backed regulations. He said that a vote for Clinton is a vote for the prolongation of poverty, criminality and lost opportunities.