Following the interview on Friday evening, Trump sent out a tweet attacking the intelligence of interviewer and subject alike, saying that Don Lemon is the dumbest man on TV and that it's not easy to make LeBron James look smart. The spokesperson of the first lady of United States later issued a surprising statement in which she has heaped praises for the National Basketball Association star.
James, who has been critical of Trump in the past, said during the interview that Trump was using sports to sow divisions in the US. James was being interviewed about a school he recently opened in OH for underprivileged children.
The two already had a history on Twitter where LeBron James called the President a "bum" after Donald Trump rescinded his invitation for Stephen Curry to visit the White House after winning the championship previous year.
The tweet follows the CNN feature in which James talks about the motivation of opening the I Promise school in his hometown. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday. James also said he has no interest in sitting down for a face-to-face meeting Trump.More news: Paul Pogba staying amid Barcelona links
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James added that, "sports has never been something that divides people".
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who has also clashed with Trump after snubbing an invitation to the White House as an National Basketball Association champion, tweeted his support.
Many, including professional athletes and the Republican governor of OH, were critical of Trump's statements. Donald Trump has taken swipes at James on Twitter.
Jordan issued a statement through his spokesperson to The Associated Press via text. In June, when migrant families entering the U.S. illegally were being separated at the U.S. -Mexico border under Trump administration policies, she said through her spokeswoman that she "hated" to see the separations and that she believed the U.S. needed to be a country that "follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart". Lemon tweeted a response that read, "Who's the real dummy?"
The I Promise School is the culmination of almost a decade of work by James' foundation, with its focus on educating children from challenging situations or backgrounds.