Melania praises LeBron James after Trump insults National Basketball Association star

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President Donald Trump fired off on Twitter Friday night, targeting Los Angeles Laker LeBron James over his interview earlier in the week with CNN's Don Lemon.

The NBA player was critical of Trump during the interview, saying that the president was trying to use sports to "divide" the country.

"It's always been something that brings someone together". His tweet called Lemon the "the dumbest man on television", and then said Lemon "made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do".

USA president Donald Trump has unleashed a withering attack on Ohio's favourite son, National Basketball Association star LeBron James, hours before taking part in a campaign rally in the state.

Hours after her husband launched a full-court press on Twitter against basketball superstar LeBron James, the First Lady issued a statement that seemed to side with the outspoken athlete. I like Mike (Michael Jordan)! "He's doing an unbelievable job for his community".

The CNN interview aired on Monday, after James opened his school for disadvantaged children in his hometown of 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.

Donald Trump's tweet calling LeBron James and Don Lemon dumb and dumber did not go over well in the sports and political world, eliciting strong reactions on social media.

Trump has also repeatedly criticized Lemon, prompting CNN to issue a statement previous year accusing the president of using social media to bully others.

This is not the first time James and the president have been at odds.

The First Lady released a statement through her spokeswoman giving James credit for the work he has done off the court.

Jordan refused the compliment Saturday.

In June, Mrs Trump said she hated seeing children separated from their families at the border - a effect of a White House crackdown - and she has cut an increasingly independent figure. The statement read: "I support LJ, he's doing an fantastic job for his community". "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts them in cages?" and included a link to his interview with James.

But CNN's communications team picked at that scab Saturday in a response to Trump's tweet attacking James.

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