Donald Trump cancelled plans to spend Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the recently opened Smithsonian Museum of African-American History in Washington, D.C., and will meet with King’s son instead.
A spokesperson for Trump cited scheduling issues as the reason he will not be able to mark the holiday at the museum.
On Monday morning, Trump tweeted about the slain civil rights hero and his legacy.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017
King’s son, Martin Luther King III, will go to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City to meet with the president-elect and discuss the legacy the “I Have a Dream” speechmaker left behind.
The news comes after a weekend of fallout between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and the soon-to-be 45th U.S. president.
Lewis appeared on Meet the Press over the weekend and said that he does not see Trump as “a legitimate president” following the intelligence that Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election and Trump’s alleged ties to the former communist country.
Trump called the civil rights leader and man who once marched with Martin Luther King Jr. across the bridge in Selma “all talk.”
Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2017
Congressman John Lewis should finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2017
Trump's feud with Lewis has led two dozen Democratic members of Congress to say they intend to boycott Friday’s inauguration.
Lewis has also penned a series of graphic novels about the civil rights struggle; his books soared to the top of Amazon’s best-seller lists following his war of words with Trump.