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Trump insults basketball star LeBron James

Trump insults basketball star LeBron James”

Ahead of campaigning in OH on Saturday (Sunday NZT), US President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on the state's favourite son, savaging LeBron James in a late-night tweet that derided the intelligence of one of the nation's most prominent African-American men.

The president's response came after James said in the interview that Trump was "using sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to". "He is doing an incredible job for his community".

The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public Schools on Monday opened a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown.

In September, after Trump called the National Football League players protests social injustice "sons of bitches" at a political rally, and rescinded a White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors - even though the Warriors never planned to attend - James called Trump a "bum" on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump has taunted US basketball player Lebron James and suggested that he prefers Michael Jordan.

After Trump tweeted, athletes and others reacted.

The First Lady's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying, she'd be open to visiting his I Promise School adding that he's, "working to do good things".

Another person wrote: "Trump insulting LeBron the same week that he opened a school created to support at-risk students is peak disgusting Trump". Lemon's interview with James only made direct mention of Trump at the end of the hour-long interview. James tweeted at the time. Students' parents receive GED classes and job placement assistance, and if the student completes the school program and graduates from high school, James will cover their full tuition at the University of Akron. Attack one man, teammate or opponent, and the other will have his back.

As outrage over Mr Trump's comments grew, James sent out a tweet of his own, but not one directly aimed at Trump.

Allison Farrand via Getty Images LeBron James speaks to the media during the grand opening of the I Promise School.

James did not hold back on his thoughts about Trump during his interview with Lemon.

During the interview, James and Lemon toured the school and discussed sports, politics and race relations.

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



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