Mrs. Trump spokeswoman: LeBron doing good things

"Lebron (sic) James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon", Trump tweeted on Friday night, referencing an interview Lemon, the CNN anchor, conducted with James to mark the opening of James' I Promise School. "He's doing an incredible job for his community", Jordan said through a spokeswoman.

Trump took to the social media site to have a go at both National Basketball Association superstar LeBron James and CNN host Don Lemon, who appeared together in an interview that aired on Monday - in which James argued Trump is "dividing" us.

James - who had been on CNN to discuss the new school he opened last week in his hometown of Akron, Ohio - had yet to respond to Trump's dig early Saturday, but he has clapped back at the president in the past.

First Lady Melania Trump showed support for LeBron James' I Promise School in Akron, Ohio hours after President Donald Trump slammed James' intelligence in a Friday night tweet. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do.

After Trump tweeted, athletes and others reacted.

Incidentally, prior to his criticism of James, Trump retweeted a quote from Pastor Darrell Scott calling Trump "the most pro-black president that we've had in our lifetime".

"I hate that Trump tweet about LeBron so much but I'm still laughing at the "I like Mike" part", said user @BrettRasdall.

It said: "I support LeBron James". But commenting on someone's intelligence, including his own, has always been a Trump trope.

Trump's comment sparked huge reaction on Twitter from James' backers. "If someone tried to recruit a LeBron to run for president, they said, "Listen, they've got no one, if you don't run, Trump's going to win, ' would you run?"

These all speak louder than a President's Tweet.

Many have since come to the defense of James, and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss joined that throng of vocal supporters. James was being interviewed about a school he recently opened in OH for underprivileged children.

"I would never sit across from him", James said about Trump. He said that Trump is using sports to divide Americans, and expressed a distaste for that method, instead suggesting sports should be one of the things that bring people together.

LeBron James has come under fire from the United States president.

  • Kyle Peterson