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Michael Jordan speaks up for LeBron James

07 August 2018

The superstar has made no secret of his views on Donald Trump, saying the president uses sports to divide people, views he echoed during an interview with CNN's Don Lemon.

A spokeswoman for Melania Trump says it appears that LeBron James is "working to do good things" and that the first lady would be willing to visit the new school he opened in Ohio.

Trump, who has been known to live-tweet his TV watching, was responding to a recent CNN interview between Lemon and James about LeBron's "I Promise" school.

Retired NBA player Michal Jordan, who the American Chief Executive Donald Trump mentioned in the tweet – ending with “I like Mike!” – Jordan.

The students of basketball legend LeBron James' new school, I Promise, have a sweet reason to look forward to the first day of school.

Trump was unswayed by James' charity, saying it was hard to make "LeBron look smart".

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Trump insulted both James and CNN host Don Lemon in a tweet on Friday night following the re-airing of an interview on "CNN Tonight".

James, who is departing from the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, is leaving far more than an impressive athletic reputation in his home state of Ohio. The statement read: "I support LJ, he's doing an awesome job for his community".

The Commander-in-chief was referring to an interview in which the National Basketball Association legend opened up to Lemon about how he felt Trump had used sport to exacerbate United States racial tensions. "Who's the real dummy?"

While many former and current professional athletes jumped to James' defense, Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman noted that the first lady's Be Best initiative for children promoted "the importance of responsible online behavior" as well as their well-being and healthy living.

Prior to his presidency, Trump actually supported James on Twitter. The president's remarks came following a CNN interview in which James revealed that he is supporting a school for underprivileged children. But the attack on James, who was being interviewed by another black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle.

James, meanwhile, did not join what is turning out a verbal war and instead on Saturday morning shared photos from the school he just opened.

Michael Jordan speaks up for LeBron James