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President Donald Trump takes swipe at LeBron James, celebrates Michael Jordan

President Donald Trump takes swipe at LeBron James, celebrates Michael Jordan

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.

Earlier this week, LeBron James spoke to CNN's Don Lemon about racism, America, and Trump. "It's always something that brings someone together", he added.

President Trump insulted LeBron James on Twitter late Friday, writing that CNN's Don Lemon "made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do". "He's doing an incredible job for his community".

On Monday, James was in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to welcome children to his I Promise School, which was built as part of a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron City Schools. In 2013, Trump tweeted that he thought James was a "great player and a great guy", and sent another congratulating the National Basketball Association star on winning at the ESPYS.

Other athletes besides Jordan, along with celebrities and journalists, have come to James' defense.

The first lady's spokeswoman released a statement praising James for starting a school for at-risk children in OH following her husband's attack on his intelligence.

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The statement noted that Mrs. Trump has been promoting her Be Best campaign and talking to children about the "importance of responsible online behavior".

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

According to The Guardian, the First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham released a statement the next day showing support for James. The New York Times even reported last month that Trump was "enraged" when he saw CNN on Melania's TV on Air Force One.

Mr. James himself steered clear of the matter on social media on Saturday, tweeting only a picture of students at his new school with the message: "Let's get it kids!"

Ahmadinejad told Trump he should "love all" instead of comparing basketball greats James and Michael Jordan.

And all of this was in flawless timing to of Trump's rally in Delaware County, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.