Martin Luther King Jr. national park reopens despite gov't shutdown

Gage Skidmore

Gage Skidmore

Day at the Trump International Golf Course in Palm Beach, Florida, and only tweeting a video message about the civil rights leader.

Joined by Vice President Pence, Trump made a brief appearance at the Martin Luther King, Jr. "Thank you for being here".

Former Vice President Joe Biden admitted he made mistakes in his career and took a swipe at President Donald Trump in a reflective speech that could be a harbinger for a 2020 run for the White House.

A commemorative service for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that was almost imperiled by the federal government shutdown occurred Monday morning at a church called King's "spiritual home". On Monday, son Martin Luther King III pushed back.

During his Sunday interview on CBS, Pence said that Trump's call for a border wall was as "inspiring" to Americans as MLK's call for civil rights.

Here's a clip of Pence using MLK's quote, "Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy" to support Trump's border wall.

Trump told reporters as he departed that it was a "great day" and a "beautiful day", but did not respond to questions about the partial government shutdown, now in its 31st day.

"The bottom line is we have a lot to root out, but most of all the systematic racism that most of us whites don't like to acknowledge even exists", Biden said at an event hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network.

After returning to the White House from the King monument, Trump had no other public events listed for Monday.

Earlier on Monday Trump posted a statement about Martin Luther King Jr.

With everything going on concerning the government shutdown, Pence just couldn't help but make it all much worse by opening his ignorant, hateful mouth.

Derrick Askew, who attended a parade with his grandchildren, says, "It's important to let our family know that there's a better sense of community than the community we are seeing on the news".

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