Melania Trump backs National Basketball Association star LeBron James after Trump insults

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"I support LJ", Jordan said in a statement, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. "He's doing an awesome job for his community", said Jordan, according to CNN.

In a tweet late on Friday, Trump questioned the intelligence of the and three-time National Basketball Association champion, following an interview on CNN with host Don Lemon, in which James criticised the Republican president for "dividing the sport".

The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public Schools on Monday opened a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.

In the tweet that insulted James and CNN anchor Don Lemon, Mr. Trump appeared to bring in Jordan, writing "I like Mike!" Mr. Trump also went after Lemon, calling him the "dumbest man on television".

One person wrote: "LeBron James has done more good for this country in the last week as a basketball player than Trump has in a year and a half as President of the United States".

"Is", James confirmed. "I don't want to say kind of".

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This isn't the first time that the repeat-championship player has used his platform to speak out.

Along with James and Jordan, Ahmadinejad's tweet mention Denver Nuggets player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a player who has been outspoken about his Muslim faith.

During the sit-down, James spoke of sports as something that unites people, and added that the President was "using sports to kinda divide us". The sports commentator Bill Simmons tweeted: "LeBron is a smart dude (and one of the most thoughtful athletes we have) - this is a bullshit tweet and feels more than a little racist".

Trump and James have long traded jibes on social media.

The statement notes that Mrs. Trump has been promoting her Be Best campaign and talking to children about the "importance of responsible online behavior". It's clear people have LeBron James' back - even Melania Trump defied her husband to express her support for the would-be subject of his bully tweets.

"Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up!" "We are in a position right now in America, more importantly, where this whole - this race thing - is taking over".

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