Melania Trump praises LeBron James after her husband insults him

08 August, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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Jordan said: "I support LeBron James".

In a volley of late-night tweets, Mr. Trump publicly lashed out at Mr. James, questioning his intelligence and terming his interviewer from CNN Don Lemon as the "dumbest man" on television.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman said the first lady is "open to visiting" basketball star LeBron James's new $8 million school in OH for low-income and at-risk students, after the president derided James's intelligence on Twitter.

And in an interview with CNN this week, James told Lemon that Trump was “trying to divide our sport, but at the end of the day, sport is the reason why we all come together”.

While NBA athletes, entertainers and politicians alike fired off a flurry of responses directed at the president, James' first tweet following Trump's diss made no mention of the former reality TV star turned politician.

The Commander-in-chief was referring to an interview on Monday in which the National Basketball Association legend opened up to Lemon about how he felt Trump had used sport to exacerbate United States racial tensions. James' publicist declined to respond to Mr Trump's tweet, but on Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the "I Promise" school and said: "Let's get it kids!"

When asked what he would say to Trump if they were to sit face-to-face, James said, "I would never sit across from him". The first lady spoke out through her spokesperson and commended the Los Angeles Lakers player for opening a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to help underprivileged children.

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James has been outspoken in his dislike for Trump in the past.

In the same interview, James said he thought Trump was using sports to sow division in the US.

James also referred to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who said he wouldn't visit the White House after his team won the championship, prompting the president to disinvite the team.

What you're about to read is going to sound like a wacky sports mad lib, but it's not.

Jordan jumped to James' defence on Saturday.

"Who's the real dummy?" wrote Lemon, adding a reference to the First Lady's "Be Best" campaign.

James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account. (In the end, the Golden State Warriors won, and they won't be attending either.) The basketball player appeared at a rally for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign in his home state of OH, a critical swing state during the election that Trump ended up carrying.

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