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President Donald Trump rips LeBron James in late-night tweet

08 August 2018
President Donald Trump rips LeBron James in late-night tweet

It said: "I support LeBron James. He's doing an wonderful job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

Trump bashed James in a tweet Friday night saying that CNN's Don Lemon is the "dumbest man on television" and that he made James "look smart".

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”.

The statement followed a Twitter rant on Friday from her husband in response to an interview James had given to CNN.

In response, Mr Trump questioned James' intelligence, saying it was not easy to make the National Basketball Association player "look smart".

Saturday Trump faced criticism by a number of athletes who came to James's defense, including former United Kingdom and U of L basketball stars.

Many tweeters suggested that Trump may have held out from criticising James until he moved away from OH, which is a crucial swing state for the President.

This week, LeBron James opened The I Promise School, a fully-funded public elementary school catering to 240 at-risk teenagers in Akron, Ohio.

James, for his part, in his first comment since the insult, tweeted a celebration of his new school instead of responding directly to Trump.

"I can't sit back and say nothing", James said in his CNN interview.

Melania Trump has often traveled solo as well, including on two trips to visit the southern border, where Trump administration policies resulted in the separation of parents from their children.

This post Michael Jordan Defends LeBron James After Trump Twitter Attack first appeared on Vibe.

A statement from the first lady said James is doing "good things on behalf of our next generation", and compared his work to her childhood welfare initiative, "Be Best". Trump's former rival Hillary Clinton backed James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community, and isn't afraid to speak his mind".

Mr Trump has repeatedly been questioned about his views on race, from deeming many Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his first campaign speech for the Republican presidential nomination, to placing blame on "both sides" for the violent clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago.