Trump insults National Basketball Association star Lebron James

Eloise Marshall
August 4, 2018

Trump's attack on LeBron James has already prompted a massive outcry, especially as it comes just days after James opened a school for underprivileged children in his native Akron, Ohio. The I Promise School is supported by the The LeBron James Family Foundation and is run by the Akron Public Schools.

At the end of the interview, Lemon challenged Trump, a move that perhaps invoked the Trump tweet. In the tweet, Trump insults Lemon's and James' intelligence and ends it by saying, "I like Mike!"

The LeBron James Family Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to design the school for students in the area who come from hard circumstances. The Hill notes that Trump has repeatedly targeted black athletes, as well as other prominent African-Americans like Maxine Waters, a point that didn't escape one well-known newscaster who railed against the president's latest tweet.

It is not clear who Trump meant when he said "I like Mike!"

In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon aired earlier in the week, the LA Lakers star said Trump had stirred racial tensions in U.S. sports in an attempt to "divide" the nation.

The network's PR and communications Twitter feed invoked first lady Melania Trump to hit back at the president.

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In 2013, Trump said LeBron was "a great player and a great guy". "LeBron just pledged millions for a school for underprivileged kids". Last September he called Trump a "bum" after the president appeared to disinvite the National Basketball Association championship-winning Golden State Warriors from a traditional White House visit because one of their stars, Stephen Curry, criticised Trump.

It was not the first time James publicly criticized the president.

He was responding to remarks by then-Cavs star James and Warriors ace Stephen Curry, who both said they would not attend a White House reception. Trump puts children in cages, ' his colleague Joseph Flynn wrote.

"I would never sit across from him", James said. "No". I know why. Some of y'all need to start believing what he is showing you. He also mentioned how the tweet appeared racist.

"Sounds like @FLOTUS had the remote last night".

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