Donald Trump meets with black leaders in Philadelphia amid protests

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Philadelphia Friday, one day before his first general election appearance in front of a majority-black audience in Detroit. (WPVI)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Philadelphia Friday, one day before his first general election appearance in front of a majority-black audience in Detroit.

Protesters never saw Trump arrive. His motorcade whisked him up a side street away from the main entrance.

Inside he settled in with a dozen African-American leaders, including Calvin Tucker, the head of the Germantown Republican Club and a Trump delegate.

Trump also met with the family of a slain black woman killed by a young man who entered the U.S. illegally. It's "a horrible story, but it's a story a lot of people are going through," Trump told the family.

The private meeting was held at a banquet facility on North Broad Street.

Outside, anger was directed at those on the inside.

"In my opinion, meeting with this racist bigot is master back in the slave house if you ask me," said Asa Khalif, Black Lives Matter. "They should be embarrassed."

One man who lives nearby tells us he didn't see the harm.

"I hope you coming here to do some good for the community, stop all the violence, get more jobs," said Robert Benard of North Philadelphia.

But others were skeptical, thinking Trump, the master showman, came here for a photo op with leaders, but wouldn't dream of coming come out and meeting just people.

"Because it's close to the hood and he kind of want to fake and have the facade like he's for us, but if you're for us, why can't we come in?" said Tana Black of North Philadelphia.

Police had to separate one lone Trump supporter who had his sign ripped up by a protester. He wanted police to arrest someone, but that didn't happen.

And one would-be Trump supporter, who says she is the daughter of Milton Street and had been given a role in the National Diversity Coalition For Trump, said she was denied access to Friday's visit. She declared Trump's outreach to blacks a sham.

"Renee Street Toppin is here to tell you it's a shame. Clinton is not the answer, but Trump is definitely not the answer," said Renee Street Toppin, would-be Trump supporter. "And we need answers."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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