Melania praises LeBron James after hubby Donald Trump insults NBA star

Cleveland Cavaliers star Le Bron James speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during a campaign stop at Cleveland Public Hall in Cleveland Sunday Nov. 6 2016

"I support LJ", Jordan said in a statement, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. "Tweet about that. (A) professional athlete doing a good thing for his community".

In the interview, which took place after James announced he was creating an elementary school to support at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, the Lakers star also accused the president of trying to use sport to divide America.

President Donald Trump attacked Ohio's favorite son, LeBron James, on Friday night, questioning his intelligence just a day before he's set to hold a rally in the state.

Trump also suggested he prefers basketball legend Michael Jordan to James, a possible reference to the keen debate about which of the two men is the better player.

The First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham on Saturday said Melania Trump was supportive of James' work with children.

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".

The tweet from Mr. Trump's official account ended by saying "I like Mike!"

In her statement, the first lady attempted to arrange a photo-op with James.

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"What I've noticed over the past few months, [is] he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to", James told Lemon. He added a closer that was perhaps meant to be a biting comparison - "I like Mike!"

The visit came on the heels of controversy over Trump's late Friday tweet. He referenced Trump's reaction to National Football League players' protests of police brutality and racial injustice and the decision by his rival, Golden State Warriros star Steph Curry, to skip a White House visit.

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

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport.

President Donald Trump made no mention of LeBron during a rally in OH over the weekend, but it's safe to say that he's big mad.

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.

In 2013, Mr Trump tweeted: "Lebron is a great player and a great guy!"

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