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Michael Jordan speaks up for LeBron James

Michael Jordan speaks up for LeBron James

First lady Melania Trump stepped away from her husband's criticism of National Basketball Association star LeBron James to compliment his work on behalf of children and even offer to visit his school for at-risk children. She did not mention her husband.

Trump wrote a tweet Friday night questioning James' intelligence after he gave an interview to CNN and criticized the American president.

The statement from Stephanie Grisham on Saturday came hours after a late-night tweet from President Donald Trump in which he derided James' intelligence, saying it "wasn't easy" to make the National Basketball Association superstar look smart. But when Trump finally caught up with the conversation days later, he engaged in a late-night Twitter rant. All of which indicts the President actually liked the interview, but could only express that sentiment in the most personally insulting way possible, presumably due to his vocal hatred of CNN and the choice words Don Lemon has used for Trump in the past. Trump said that Lemon made LeBron look smart which is not easy to do.

The president wrapped up the tweet by declaring, "I like Mike!"

Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe tweeted Saturday: "It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS to take racist shots at D. Lemon and Lebron James". "Who's the real dummy?"

Others too weighed in.

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In February, James explained why he was critical of the president: "While we cannot change what comes out of that man's mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, that this is not the way". "I support LJ", Jordan, now the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement released through his publicist. "He's doing an wonderful job for his community".

The statement notes that Mrs. Trump has been promoting her Be Best campaign and talking to children about the "importance of responsible online behavior".

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump Saturday said it appears James is "working to do good things" and that she would be willing to visit the new school he opened in Ohio.

Trump has chosen to ignore it thus far. It's unclear if that extends to the First Lady, too. Just about more philanthropic work Trump has ever done combined.

James said: "I think racism's always been there".

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.


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