Melania praises LeBron James following Donald Trump’ scathing tweet

NBA star Lebron James and US President Donald Trump

NBA star Lebron James and US President Donald Trump

President Trump labeled CNN's Dom Lemon as the "dumbest man on television" after his interview with LeBron James in a freakish tweet that ended, 'I like Mike!'

In an interview with CNN, James said he thought the president had used sports to "divide" the United States, adding it was something he "can't relate to". "Tweet about that. (A) professional athlete doing a good thing for his community".

In September, after Trump called the National Football League players protests social injustice "sons of bitches" at a political rally, and rescinded a White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors - even though the Warriors never planned to attend - James called Trump a "bum" on Twitter.

Donald Trump, the man who callously separated children from their parents and forever traumatized them in the process, has viciously attacked LeBron James, the man who just opened a school for hundreds of poor children, probably saving them in the process.

Even NBA icon Michael Jordan - famous for his reluctance to comment on political and societal matters in his prime - weighed in, after Trump closed his tweet saying "I like Mike!"

In the tweet that started it all, Trump also said that Lemon made "Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do".

Several NBA players, however, fired back at President Trump in the wake of the tweet.

First lady Melania Trump is "open" to visiting LeBron James's school for at-risk kids. When asked what he would say to Mr. Trump if he was face-to-face with him, James said "I would never sit across from him". Minnesota center Karl Anthony Towns questioned why Trump was using his time to tweet about this instead of addressing the water issues in Flint, MI.

In an interview that aired last Monday, James and Lemon discussed James' recent opening of a school for underprivileged children and politics.

"I don't think we should make much of it at all", Cross said of the statement.

This weekend's controversy was just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

What a odd target for Trump: one of the brightest, most popular athletes in the world.

James described Trump as a "bum" following the furore.

And all of this was in flawless timing to of Trump's rally in Delaware County, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. His biography on the official NBA website reads, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time". Torrey Smith, a former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver who was among the first of that team's players to say they would not visit the White House after winning the Super Bowl this year, suggested race played a role in Trump's criticism.

This is not the first time that Melania Trump has publicly broken from her husband on his more controversial issues.

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