Melania Trump praises LeBron James hours after Donald Trump's online swipe

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During the interview, James said Trump is using sports in a divisive way, when sports is actually a great way to bring people together.

In the CNN interview, James said of Trump: "I would never sit across from him".

Even basketball icon Michael Jordan - known for his reluctance to comment on political and societal matters in his prime - weighed in, after Mr Trump closed his tweet saying "I like Mike".

Kiffin retweeted a story from Sporting News about Melania Trump praising LeBron James for opening his I Promise school.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman said the first lady is "open to visiting" basketball star LeBron James's new $8 million school in OH for low-income and at-risk students, after the president derided James's intelligence on Twitter.

"He's doing an awesome job for his community", Jordan, now owner of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.

Instead, Bleacher Report shares that Jordan has also issued a statement in support of his fellow athlete. Whatever the case may be, Trump's tweet has enraged much of the sports world.

Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham released a statement, stating that the First Lady believed that James was "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation".

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This is not the first time James and the president have been at odds.

James described Trump as a "bum" following the furor.

Speaking to presenter Don Lemon, the La Lakers star had accused the USA president of using sport to try to divide the nation along racial lines.

Many tweeters suggested that Trump may have held out from criticising James until he moved away from OH, which is a crucial swing state for the President.

"I remember sound bites from her when her husband was a then candidate saying racist things, bigoted things, saying misogynistic things, and she stood by him then", Cross said.

James had just opened a school for underprivileged children in Ohio.

"We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family", Buss said in the statement. He goes ahead to state that he prefers former National Basketball Association player Michael Jordan.

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