Video: Pastor chastises Donald Trump for politicising event

Reality TV star Donald Trump with Pastor Faith Green Timmons
Reality TV star Donald Trump with Pastor Faith Green Timmons

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been chastised by a pastor at an African-American church for attacking Hillary Clinton.

The former Celebrity Apprentice host was speaking at the Flint, Michigan church earlier this week which has for months been dispensing bottled water to residents avoiding toxic levels of lead in town's water supply.

"Hillary failed on the economy. Just like she's failed on foreign policy. Everything she touched didn't work out. Nothing. Now Hillary Clinton-"

"Mr Trump," interrupts pastor Faith Green Timmons, "I invited you here to thank us for what we've done in Flint, not give a political speech."

"Oh, oh, oh, okay, that's good," replied Mr Trump.

"Then I'm going to back onto Flint, okay.  Flint's pain is a result of so many different failures."

Mr Trump's appearance at the Bethel United Methodist Church was part of his attempts to woo black voters.

The New York businessman attempted to tie Flint's long economic decline to trade deals supported by his rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

At another point in his appearance, when a few of the people in the church interrupted Mr Trump, Reverend Timmons told them to "respect him" as "a guest of my church".