met with evangelical leaders and turned to Cohen and said: 'Can you ...

Donald met with evangelical leaders at Tower shortly after his election - before allegedly turning to his 'fixer' Michael Cohen after they left, and telling him 'Can you believe people believe that bulls***?'

Cohen's new book, Disloyal, out on Tuesday, described the encounter.

Evangelical voters were seen as key to 's victory, marshaled to a large extent by 's vice president, Mike Pence, a famously devout evangelical.

About one in four American adults belong to an evangelical denomination, according to research by the Brookings Institute. 

was keen to court them, and yet, according to Cohen, was deeply disparaging behind their backs.

Donald Trump is pictured with faith leaders inside the White House in February

Donald is pictured with faith leaders inside the White House in February

In the weeks he spent as president-elect, Trump met a series of people at Trump Tower

In the weeks he spent as president-elect, met a series of people at Tower

Michael Flynn (left), Michael Cohen (center) and Rick Perry at Trump Tower in December 2016

Michael Flynn (left), Michael Cohen (center) and Rick Perry at Tower in December 2016

After a prayer meeting, when evangelical leaders laid their hands on him,  allegedly said: 'Can you believe that bulls***? Can you believe people believe that bulls***?'

Cohen writes, in excerpts of his book obtained by the Washington Post: 'The cosmic joke was that convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being. 

'The truth was that he couldn't care less.'

's three marriages, alleged infidelities, previous pro-choice comments and dubious business deals were all glossed over during the election - to startling effect.

The 2016 National Election Pool Exit Survey had leading among white evangelicals by 79 per cent to 16 per cent, Brookings reports.

Pence, the most influential evangelical in U.S. politics, has not commented on Cohen's claims.

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