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Pastor Burns Is the Latest Example of Trump’s Surrogate Challenge

The Trump campaign has laid out new guidelines for surrogates after a series of mishaps.
South Carolina pastor Rev. Mark Burns talks with reporters outside Trump Tower after attending a meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump August 25, 2016 in New York.

South Carolina pastor Rev. Mark Burns talks with reporters outside Trump Tower after attending a meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump August 25, 2016 in New York.

Photographer: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump campaign took quick, delicate steps to distance itself from one of its most prominent black supporters after he tweeted a cartoon drawing of Hillary Clinton in blackface then walked out of a weekend TV interview when asked about misleading biographical statements on his website. 

The episode with Pastor Mark Burns, the South Carolina televangelist known for his full-throated, top-volume testimonials for Trump, comes as the campaign tries to rein in surrogates who have been creating negative headlines – even as their candidate tries to stick to a non-controversial course.