Melania Trump praises LeBron James after her husband insults him

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Mrs. Trump has stood apart from her husband's views before.

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 First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying, she'd be open to visiting his I Promise School adding that he's, "working to do good things".

This is not the first time James and the president have been at odds. Lemon responded on Saturday morning and he wasn't afraid to throw some serious shade. The CNN anchor asked rhetorically, "Who's the real dummy?" "I support LJ", he said.

"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!", James tweeted in response.

The president's endorsement of basketball star Michael Jordan was perhaps a reference to the long-standing debate over whether Jordan or James is the better all-time player. Jordan responded to Trump's tweet with a few words of his own.

NBA great Michael Jordan - whom Trump said he preferred in signing off his tweet aimed at James - issued a statement through AP in which he praised the four-time NBA MVP.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe accused Trump of racism, saying his tweet was "beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS".

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Trump's timing is curious to say the least considering the fact that James' CNN interview was not the first time he voiced his displeasure at Trump's leadership. It's one of the more admirable charity initiatives in recent memory and has been lauded by people across the political spectrum.

Ben Simmons said James is "a smart dude (and one of the most thoughtful athletes we have).You're a constant embarrassment".

James has previously criticised Trump on several occasions, publicly supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election and calling Trump a "bum" in September 2017, after the president rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after winning the National Basketball Association title.

Another said: "So Trump finally went at LeBron, huh?"

He also said he might consider running for office if someone said to him he was the only person and that Trump would win if he didn't step up.

"I support LeBron James". That prompted criticism of Ingraham, which suggested that efforts to silence and insult two outspoken black men were racist. "But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right". "We hope you both saw the incredible work of @KingJames". Like Lemon, they included a #BeBest hashtag.

James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account. Instead, the new face of the L.A. Lakers retweeted a photo of kids at the I Promise School along with the comment, "Let's get it kids!"

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