Donald Trump's top aide assured Republicans that the presidential candidate has the capacity to shift his personality to appeal to women, minorities and other voters in a general election, NBC News reported.
"When he's sitting in a room, he's talking business. He's talking politics in a private room. It's a different persona," top Trump aide Paul Manafort said during the meeting, a recording of which was obtained by NBC News. "When he's out on the stage, when he's talking about the kinds of things he's talking about on the stump, he's projecting an image that's for that purpose."
Manafort's comments come as Trump is trying to build a more professional campaign that can lock up the 1,237 delegates needed to win a majority at the Cleveland convention. But they're potentially problematic for a candidate who's built a brand centered on telling it like it is and accusing typical politicians of misleading voters.