After a meeting with Donald Trump, Martin Luther King III said Monday that he believed the president-elect intended to represent all Americans but that champions of the country’s poor and marginalized communities must keep up the pressure on government.
“Certainly he said that he is going to represent Americans. He’s said that over and over again. We will continue to evaluate that,” Mr. King, the oldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., told reporters at Trump Tower in New York.
“I believe that’s his intent,” Mr. King said of Mr. Trump. “I believe we have to consistently engage with pressure, public pressure. It doesn’t happen automatically. My father and his team understood that, did that.”
Mr. Trump met with Mr. King to discuss his father’s legacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Mr. Trump escorted Mr. King to the lobby, where they shook hands and said goodbyes before the president-elect got back on the elevator without talking to reporters.
Asked about the feud between Mr. Trump and civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis, Mr. King said that “in the heat of emotions, a lot of things get said on both sides.”
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