Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Trump doesn't talk about James during Ohio rally

Trump doesn't talk about James during Ohio rally

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. "He's doing an wonderful job for his community".

Trump's comments came four days after CNN's Don Lemon interviewed James on Monday.

As you can imagine, James received heavy backlash from both diehard Trump supporters and the President himself, who went out of his way to take a personal attack on James and interviewer Don Lemon.

The President then ended the tweet with "I like Mike", a reference to the retired basketball player Michael Jordan, who used to play for the Chicago Bulls.

The first lady's spokeswoman on Saturday said Trump is supportive of James' work with children. The president finished his tweet by adding, "I like Mike", in an apparent reference to former National Basketball Association great, Michael Jordan. The first lady spoke out through her spokesperson and commended the Los Angeles Lakers player for opening a school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to help underprivileged children.

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"I support LeBron James". In the feature, James criticises Trump's attempt to use sports as a divisive tool. Trump's remarks included his belief that Michael Jordan was the superior player.

While James has yet to respond, many of his fans did, offering some scathing critiques of the president's insults and the implied racism lurking beneath the surface of Trump's angry tweet. "I like Mike!" the president said.

"I would never sit across from him", James replied.

The statement seemingly contradicted her husband's tweet from Friday night.

OH governor John Kasich, a Republican like Trump, and former newscaster Dan Rather also criticized the President's tweet about James.

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James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account. Their history includes trading barbs when Trump revoked an invitation to the White House for the Warriors.

James, meanwhile, did not weigh in on the debate and instead on Saturday morning shared photos from the school he just opened.

This is not the first time Melania Trump has publicly expressed views or taken action that demonstrated an independent streak, CNN reported.

This weekend's controversy was just the latest in a long-running feud between James and Mr Trump.

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