Trump insults basketball star LeBron James


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

The NBA player was critical of Trump during the interview, saying that the president was trying to use sports to "divide" the country.

While unclear, it is likely Trump's final line is referring to Jordan, who is commonly compared to James as one of the greatest basketball players ever.

Lemon's interview with James was broadcast earlier in the week and rerun on Friday when Trump, who's on vacation at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, caught up with it.

"The network's communications team responded to Trump's tweet, suggesting that if Trump was watching CNN, it must have been because first lady Melania Trump was choosing the channel", the Hill reported.

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Melania seems unaffected by her husband's view and is even considering visiting the school that James opened in Ohio. "What I noticed over the last few months that he's kind of used sport to kind of divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to".

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, who has also clashed with Trump after snubbing an invitation to the White House as an National Basketball Association champion, tweeted his support.

Mr Trump derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent African-American men in a late-night tweet.

LeBron, who has slammed him in the past, also said he "would never sit across" from the US leader, adding, "I'd sit across from Barack Obama though".

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

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This week's war of words was not the first time James and Trump have exchanged fire.

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

The interview aired on CNN on Monday night, but Trump's criticism did not come until Friday night. He did not mention James during a campaign rally.

Since Mrs. Trump's initial comments about James, which she delivered through her spokesperson, a senior White House official has insisted that the First Lady was in no way picking sides by praising James for his charity work.

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

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