Melania Trump Praises LeBron James After Donald Trump Mocks Him

"He's doing an fantastic job for his community".

LeBron James, fresh off opening and funding a public school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, sat down with CNN's Don Lemon for an interview that aired this week and re-ran on Friday night.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman said the first lady is "open to visiting" basketball star LeBron James's new $8 million school in OH for low-income and at-risk students, after the president derided James's intelligence on Twitter.

In the tweet that insulted James and CNN anchor Don Lemon, Mr. Trump appeared to bring in Jordan, writing "I like Mike!"

In response, Trump tweeted "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

After Mr Donald Trump sniped back at basketball player LeBron James' suggestion that he fuels American racial divides, support has flooded in for the NBA great - including from the US President's own wife.

The First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham on Saturday said Melania Trump was supportive of James' work with children.

Melania seems unaffected by her husband's view and is even considering visiting the school that James opened in Ohio.

The statement didn't criticize the president. The former reality TV star ended the tweet with "I like Mike", seemingly siding with Michael Jordan in the GOAT debate.

"Sports has never been something that divides people", James said during the interview.

"Who's the real dummy?" He referenced Trump's reaction to National Football League players' protests of police brutality and racial injustice and the decision by his rival, Golden State Warriros star Steph Curry, to skip a White House visit. 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.

Many others from the sports world posted up strong behind James and lambasted Trump for his idiotic denunciation of arguably the nation's most popular athlete today.

This weekend's controversy was just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star has repeatedly clashed with the President, and on Monday said he would refuse to ever sit face to face with him.

  • Stacy Allen