On King day, Trump to meet with Martin Luther King III

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Donald Trump in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York.
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Donald Trump will mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday by meeting with the son of the civil rights icon.

"Today we observe the birthday of #MartinLutherKing," tweeted Trump transition spokesman Sean Spicer. "@realDonaldTrump will meet with Martin Luther King III to discuss his legacy #MLKDAY"

The meeting at Trump Tower is expected to take place early in the afternoon.

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Trump himself tweeted about the holiday: "Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and all of the many wonderful things that he stood for. Honor him for being the great man that he was!"

The meeting takes place four days before Trump's swearing-in as the nation's 45th president, and amid a dispute with another civil rights figure, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Over the weekend, Lewis described Trump as an illegitimate president, citing Russian efforts to sabotage Hillary Clinton's campaign during the presidential campaign; Trump fired back on Twitter, calling Lewis "all talk" and "no action."