After Her Husband Criticises Basketball Star, Melania Trump's Response

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On Saturday night, the president took to Twitter to bash James following a Monday night interview James did with CNN's Don Lemon.

Donald Trump's tweet calling LeBron James and Don Lemon dumb and dumber did not go over well in the sports and political world, eliciting strong reactions on social media.

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.

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.

James recently opened a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio for at-risk kids.

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Retired NBA player Michal Jordan, who the American Chief Executive Donald Trump mentioned in the tweet – ending with “I like Mike!” – Jordan.

"I can't sit back and say nothing", James said in his interview with Lemon.

A number of athletes jumped in to defend James.

"I believe the president is kind of trying to divide us", James said. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

Jordan did respond with a statement in support for James. James also said he has no interest in sitting down for a face-to-face meeting Trump. "[LeBron James]. He's doing an fantastic job for his community".

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"If someone tried to recruit a LeBron to run for president, they said, 'Listen, they've got no one, if you don't run, Trump's going to win, ' would you run?" But even some Trump allies chided him. "I was like, wow, this is all because of sports".

James, meanwhile, did not join what is turning out a verbal war and instead on Saturday morning shared photos from the school he just opened.

"I don't think we should make much of it at all", Cross said of the statement. The First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying, she'd be open to visiting his I Promise School adding that he's, "working to do good things". But commenting on someone's intelligence, including his own, has always been a Trump trope.

But he also uses "stupid" - or variations thereof - as a favored insult.

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