Melania praises LeBron James following Donald Trump’ scathing tweet

Donald Trump attacks LeBron James in late-night tweet

"I support LJ", Jordan said in the statement. "He's doing an awesome job for his community".

On the day he opened a public school for at-risk kids in his hometown community of Akron, Ohio, LeBron James appeared on CNN in an interview with Don Lemon that re-aired Friday night.

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.

"Unlike this president who lashes out wildly at anyone who criticizes him, LeBron James - in addition to being a brilliant black man, a superstar in his sport, and a hero to his community - is taking the high road, which is exactly where he belongs".

The statement followed a Twitter rant on Friday from her husband in response to an interview James had given to CNN.

Melania seems unaffected by her husband's view and is even considering visiting the school that James opened in Ohio.

Many have since come to the defense of James, and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss joined that throng of vocal supporters. LeBron said the president has "used sports to divide us". Trump's remarks included his belief that Michael Jordan was the superior player. Minnesota center Karl Anthony Towns questioned why Trump was using his time to tweet about this instead of addressing the water issues in Flint, MI. James also said he wouldn't attend a ceremony at the White House if his team had won the NBA Finals.

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The first lady's platform, "Be Best", is all about encouraging children to conduct themselves in an honorable manner, and she has made promoting children's welfare a key piece of her time in the White House.

James explained why he called Trump a "bum" on his Twitter account.

However, Melania's spokeswoman said James was "working to do good things" with a school in his OH hometown.

Prior to Buss, Jordan also voiced his support of James.

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

Don Lemon responded to the president, invoking both the administration's forced-family-separations policy and first lady Melania Trump's social media etiquette campaign.

Utah Jazz star guard and noted good guy Donovan Mitchell thought Trump's tweet was a sign of insecurity.

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