Michael Jordan responds to Donald Trump tweet

Donald Trump and Le Bron James

His comment sparked huge reaction from James' supporters - but the most surprising response came from First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump happened to see the interview on Friday, and the president blasted both James and Lemon in a tweet posted just before midnight. Trump tweeted his LeBron venom a day before making a trip to, you guessed it, Ohio.

He said: "I support LeBron James".

Lemon responded on Saturday morning and he wasn't afraid to throw some serious shade.

She said the First Lady wanted "to have an open dialogue about issues facing children".

She also noted that Mrs Trump's Be Best initiative promoted responsible online behaviour, in perhaps another not so subtle dig at her husband.

James, who campaigned for Mr Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, and has not been shy about using his celebrity for social causes, took part in the interview from the public school he opened for underprivileged children in Akron, called the "I Promise" school. "He's doing an awesome job for his community".

Trump's timing is curious to say the least considering the fact that James' CNN interview was not the first time he voiced his displeasure at Trump's leadership. The School is a partnership between the LeBron James Family foundation and the Akron Public School and is created to serve Akron's most challenged students.

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

James also drew solidarity from his fellow sports personalities.

CNN, which Trump has repeatedly said is a purveyor of "fake news", then mocked the president and first lady about their television viewing habits and even slighted Melania's #BeBest platform.

After Trump tweeted, athletes and others reacted.

"I support LJ", Mr Jordan, now the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said in a statement.

In the interview, James made a reference to football player Colin Kaepernick, whose kneeling protests launched an NFL movement, and fellow National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry, who a year ago said he would not visit the White House after the Golden State Warriors won the championship, prompting the President to disinvite him. "Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James.

Mr. Trump has never before criticized James directly.

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