“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump tweeted Friday. “He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Trump’s tweet came after Lemon interviewed James Tuesday on CNN.
“He’s trying to divide our sport, but at the end of the day, sport is the reason why we all come together,” James told Lemon during the sit down.
After catching Trump’s “I like Mike” reference, Jordan released his statement, via a spokesperson.
Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
“I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” the statement said.
The exchange came days after James gave a speech in Akron, Ohio at the grand opening of the I Promise School. James opened the school for hundreds of children in his hometown as part of the LeBron James Family Foundation.
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) July 31, 2018
By 2022, the I Promise School is slated to include grades 1-to-8. The school is part fo the Akron Public School system, which James grew up through before attending Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Trump hadn’t tweeted directly at James since taking office. His past tweets have often praised the NBA superstar. James has been critical of Trump. In June, James said that neither his Cleveland Cavaliers team, nor Stephen Curry‘s Golden State Warriors would attend the White House for a ceremony after the 2018 NBA Finals. Curry echoed James’ sentiment.
Let’s get it kids!! Love you guys https://t.co/kY88geedus
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 4, 2018
James had not responded to Trump’s jab as of 4 p.m. on Friday. His only post was on Twitter and it included photos of some of the children attending his new school.
“Let’s get it kids! Love you guys,” James tweeted.