Trump meets MLK's son to honor holiday

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King, Jr.'s son at Trump Tower on Monday to mark the holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader.

Trump, who has been mired in an imbroglio with African-American congressman and activist John Lewis, met with King III to discuss voting rights and soothe members of the black community angered by the president-elect's recent rhetoric.

The meeting, which the New York Times reported lasted about an hour, was described as "constructive" by King.

"He said that he is going to represent Americans — he's said that over and over again," King told reporters. "We will continue to evaluate that."

Other prominent figures would like to see more action from the president-elect, who originally planned to visit the national African-American History Museum on Monday before his feud with Lewis erupted.

According to the Times, Rev. Al Sharpton said Trump's characterization of Lewis as "all talk" illustrated the president-elect's challenges in connecting with the black community. The Republican claimed just 8 percent of the African-American vote in November's election, according to NBC News exit polls.

Lewis, 76, a contemporary of King's who endured beatings and jail time in the fight for racial equality in the 1960s, said in a televised interview that he saw Trump's election as illegitimate because of Russian tampering in the campaign, drawing a scornful response from Trump that soured many heading into MLK weekend.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III , an American human rights advocate, speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Martin Luther King III hugs Omarosa Manigault as he arrives at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump with Martin Luther King III, an American human rights advocate, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III (3rd from right) arrives at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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Martin Luther King III gets on an elevator as he arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. The eldest son of American civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. met with US President-elect Donald Trump on the national holiday observed in remembrance of his late father.

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Martin Luther King III (C), an American human rights advocate, meets with associates of the Trump administration in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., January 16, 2017.

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Martin Luther King III speaks to reporters after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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President-elect Donald Trump and Martin Luther King III stand after shaking hands after their meeting at Trump Tower, January 16, 2017 in New York City. Trump will be inaugurated as the next U.S. President this coming Friday.

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