Melania Trump praises LeBron James after president’s insult

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US First Lady Melania Trump has been among those to speak out in support of LeBron James, after President Donald Trump mocked the National Basketball Association star's intelligence in a tweet.

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

I support LJ. He's doing an fantastic job for his community.

In a tweet posted late Friday night, Trump criticized James for an interview he recently did with another prominent African American, CNN anchor Don Lemon. "He made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do", tweeted Trump.

April 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Michael Jordan in attendance during the first half in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four between the North Carolina Tar Heels and Villanova Wildcats at NRG Stadium.

The rally comes hours after Trump denounced arguably Ohio's favorite native son, basketball superstar LeBron James, who just opened a school for underprivileged children there.

Lemon and Jordan responded to the President's absurd tweet.

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Jordan issued a statement through his spokesperson to The Associated Press via text. The former reality TV star ended the tweet with "I like Mike", seemingly siding with Michael Jordan in the GOAT debate.

Trump was traveling Saturday to OH to hold a rally for state Sen.

James said: "I think racism's always been there". First off, Maller thinks that Trump was directing his ire towards Don Lemon and that LeBron just got caught in the crossfire.

And in an interview with CNN this week, James told Lemon that Trump was "trying to divide our sport, but at the end of the day, sport is the reason why we all come together".

Elsewhere, Trump's former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton backed James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community, and isn't afraid to speak his mind". "Who's the real dummy?" Just about more philanthropic work Trump has ever done combined.

In June, Mrs Trump said she hated seeing children separated from their families at the border - a effect of a White House crackdown - and she has cut an increasingly independent figure. But James has been outspoken about the president's policies, once calling him a "bum" for disinviting the Golden State Warriors to the White House.