Further boosting his chances of getting his party's nomination, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has secured the support of some black Christian pastors.
The controversial business tycoon was openly endorsed by a small group of 10 pastors led by Rev. Steve Parson of Richmond Christian Center in Richmond during one of Trump's campaign rallies in Virginia.
During the event, Parson said Trump is undoubtedly the best choice for the Republican Party for the 2016 presidential race.
"People ask me, 'Well, why are you endorsing Donald Trump?'" Parson said, as quoted by Newsmax. "Well, in my opinion, he's the best and the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton.
The pastor also said that Trump has proven his ability to solve problems and to manage his own wealth.
"Listen, we've got to win. And one thing about Donald Trump is that he's a winner," Parson said. "Here's another thing, too: He knows how to create wealth.
"As a black minister, I can tell you this, we're right in the inner city and I tell you we need jobs, we need employment, we need businesses — and I tell you who better can help us help ourselves than Donald Trump," he added.
Trump received the black pastors' endorsement days after he met with 100 ministers his camp initially thought was an endorsement.
The Republican presidential candidate said the meeting "Was really great," but it "was not covered properly by the press.'
In a related news, Trump is once again drawing criticisms for his statement threatening to kill families of terrorists as part of his campaign to fight the Islamic State if ever he wins the White House.
"The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don't kid yourself. When they say they don't care about their lives, you have to take out their families," Trump told Fox News, as quoted by CNN.
Boaz Ganor, a leading Israeli counter-terrorism expert, however said that Trump's plan will be against international law.
"Any deliberate attacks aimed against civilians is a war crime, regardless if they are family members of terrorists or presidents or presidential candidates," Ganor told CNN.