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Trump will meet with Latino, black activists Thursday

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will meet Thursday morning with African-American and Latino activists at Trump Tower in Manhattan, Yahoo News reported Tuesday night. 

The activists are fellows from the Republican Leadership Initiative, a Republican National Committee-run program designed to train young people to be campaign field operatives. 

Yahoo said multiple sources confirmed the meeting details, characterizing it as part of the GOP nominee’s outreach effort to minority communities. 

Former Rep. Bob Turner, the chairman of the Queens County Republican Party, is helping organize the event. 

“This [is] part of his Hispanic outreach and I think he wanted to explain where he is and why he is a benefit to the Hispanic community,” Turner said.

Trump has been ramping up outreach to blacks and Hispanics as he seeks to close a massive gap with Democrat Hillary Clinton among the minority voters who have shunned his campaign.

Trump was expected to give an immigration policy speech on Thursday in Colorado, but on Monday the campaign announced it would be delayed.  

In speeches and at rallies, the Republican presidential nominee is directly appealing to African-Americans for the first time, making the case that Democratic policies have harmed the black community.

Trump is also reaching out to Hispanic voters, convening meetings with leaders in the community as he mulls making changes to what has been a hard-line stance on immigration that has been focused on building a wall on the Mexican border and deporting illegal immigrants.

Updated 2:22 p.m. 

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