Jordan backs James after president questions player's intelligence

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He's doing an wonderful job for his community, " Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday. "He is doing an wonderful job for his community".

The President appeared to be responding to an interview James gave to CNN's Don Lemon, which aired Friday night, in which the National Basketball Association superstar said he wouldn't sit down across from the President if he were given the opportunity.

The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children.

First his daughter Ivanka Trump labelled his immigration policy a "low point" for his administration and now his wife, Melania Trump has backed basketballer LeBron James after a nasty tweet from the US President. Of course, the president also got a final dig in at James, saying "I like Mike", a reference to all-time great Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan.

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Last year, James tweeted directly at Mr Trump after the US President tweeted that he was withdrawing the White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors because Stephen Curry was "hesitating" about going.

"[The first lady's] platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron", said Grisham.

James has said that Trump "doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this attractive country".

Saturday Trump faced criticism by a number of athletes who came to James's defense, including former United Kingdom and U of L basketball stars. "I'd never sit across from him". James was being interviewed about a school he recently opened in OH for underprivileged children.

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During the interview, James said Trump is using sports in a divisive way, when sports is actually a great way to bring people together.

"I believe the president is kind of trying to divide us", James said.

And all of this was in ideal timing to of Trump's rally in Delaware County, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. James has always been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration, as well as a political activist and philanthropist. The CNN anchor asked rhetorically, "Who's the real dummy?"

She cryptically added she and her husband are having "an open dialogue about issues facing children". A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?

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