Trump tweeted late Friday that James was interviewed "by the dumbest man on television", CNN anchor Don Lemon, but that he "made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do". She's not LeBron's only staunch supporter - the basketball star Trump says he likes instead of James is also weighing in, and expressing support for his fellow athlete, and the right to protest.
"I support LeBron James", he said. "What I've noticed over the last few months is that he's kind of used sports to kind of divide us". "Tweet about that. (A) professional athlete doing a good thing for his community".
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. James tweeted at the time.
Saturday's statement would not be the first time the first lady illustrated her independence from her husband.
Lemon nor James has responded to Trump's tweet.
Even the president's wife was supportive of James' work with children.
"Who's the real dummy?"
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Shortly before midnight, he made his thoughts known on what he thought of the LeBron-Lemon conversation.
Many, including professional athletes and the Republican governor of OH, were critical of Trump's statements.
"Lemon ended the tweet with the hashtag "#BeBest", a reference to Melania's initiative focusing on children.
In a segment aired on CNN, James was asked if he would ever sit down with Mr Trump.
Since taking office, Trump has clashed with several USA sports stars, most notably after he called on the National Football League (NFL) owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.
The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children. Their history includes trading barbs when Trump revoked an invitation to the White House for the Warriors.