Melania Trump backs LeBron after US President critices

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During a week in which James made headlines for opening a school in his hometown Akron, OH, Trump insulted the National Basketball Association star days after an interview aired on CNN.

"Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", The Donald tweeted. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do", the president tweeted. I like Mike (Michael Jordan)!

Lemon responded on Saturday morning and he wasn't afraid to throw some serious shade.

James, who left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers last month after leading his team to the finals four years in a row, opened a public elementary school for at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio last week. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

The LeBron James Family Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to design the school for students in the area who come from hard circumstances. The visit came on the heels of controversy over Trump's late Friday tweet. The interview was meant to discuss the opening of the school LeBron helped found, but the conversation quickly turned political.

Though Grisham refused to comment on the report directly, she said the first lady watches "any channel she wants".

James is considered by many to be the greatest player in basketball history, rivaled by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Mrs Trump, however, highlighted the work with a statement released through her spokeswoman.

Trump trashed James and CNN host Don Lemon in a tweet late Friday.

"I support LJ", Mr Jordan, now the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement.

Mr Trump's former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton backed Mr James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community".

To the sporting world and largely beyond, he's King James, but to President Trump, LeBron James is no intellectual genius. And I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became friends.

He acknowledged his support of James, sure, but he in no way admonished the President for his racist attack on Lemon and James.

Mr. Trump has never before criticized James directly.

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