Martin Luther King III said he’d had a “very constructive” meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, the holiday honoring his father. King said he had stressed the issue of poverty in his meeting with Trump, something his father would have also expressed concerns about. “I think my father would be very concerned about the fact that there are 50 or 60 million people living in poverty and somehow we’ve got to create the climate for all boats to be lifted,” he said, adding that he and others would “continue to evaluate” Trump’s performance in representing all Americans. Asked about Trump’s ongoing spat with civil rights legend John Lewis – a conflict that has divided many lawmakers on Martin Luther King Day – King declined to take a strong stance. Trump tore into Lewis on Saturday after the congressman said he was not a “legitimate” president. “Well, first of all I think 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,” King told reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, according to The Hill. “The goal is to bring America together and Americans. 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,” he said.
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