Melania praises basketball star LeBron James following Donald Trump’s insult

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize newly signed Laker LeBron James and the man who interviewed him on CNN, Don Lemon.

"I support LJ. He's doing an wonderful job for his community", Jordan said in a statement provided to The Washington Post by a spokesperson. "He's doing an incredible job for his community".

The interview also covered an announcement by LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools about a new elementary school for at-risk children, ESPN reported.

Speaking to presenter Don Lemon, the La Lakers star had accused the U.S. president of using sport to try to divide the nation along racial lines.

First Lady Melania Trump has nothing but nice things to say about LeBron James despite her husband President Donald Trump' recent insult of him.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are arguably the two best professional basketball players ever.

Melania Trump has praised LeBron James for his charity work, saying she is open to visiting his new public school, hours after her husband Donald Trump questioned the National Basketball Association superstar's intelligence.

As backlash built on Saturday, Lemon shot back in a tweet.

LeBron James has opened his school named "I Promise" to 240 third and fourth graders in his hometown Akron, Ohio.

Grisham later issued a statement saying Melania can watch "any channel she wants".

Trump has repeatedly been questioned about his views on race, from deeming many Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his campaign kickoff speech for the Republican presidential nomination to placing blame on "both sides" for the violent clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, a year ago. Laker fans who spoke with Eyewitness News also felt the same way, often mentioning the school James opened and how he's impacted those kids' lives.

But Trump's election has charged James' outlook, along with other athletes and coaches.

Prior to his presidency, Trump actually supported James on Twitter.

"I support LeBron James". The visit came on the heels of controversy over Trump's late Friday tweet.

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.

James said: "I think racism's always been there".

This isn't the first time James has spoken out about POTUS.

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