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MLK’s son calls meeting with Trump ‘constructive’

Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr., speaks to members of the media following a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On the national holiday in honor of his father, Martin Luther King III said Monday that he had a “constructive” meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.

The son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. told reporters after his meeting with Trump that the nation must “move forward” from its division.

Responding to questions about Trump’s attacks on civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) — Trump called Lewis "all talk" and "no action" after Lewis called Trump an “illegitimate” president and announced his intention to boycott the inauguration — King said that “in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides.”

“And I think that at some point — I am, as John Lewis and many others, a bridge builder — the goal is to bring America together and Americans,” King added. “We are a great nation but we must become a greater nation. And what my father represented, my mother represented through her life, what I hope that I am trying to do is always bring people together.”

King said that Trump told him he "is going to represent Americans.”

"He’s said that over and over again,” King said. “I think that we will continue to evaluate that.”

“I believe that’s his intent,” King continued. “I think that we have to consistently engage with pressure, public pressure. It doesn’t happen automatically, my father and his team understood that, did that, and I think that Americans are prepared to do that."

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