Trump insults National Basketball Association star Lebron James

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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 president took to Twitter late Friday to criticize CNN's Don Lemon and James - a recent addition to the Los Angeles Lakers roster - following an interview.

Word of the possible visit by Trump to the I Promise School that James opened this week in his home town of Akron came hours after President Donald Trump tweeted about an interview James did on CNN.

How? Well, in their responses to the President's tweet, CNN and Lemon both invoked the first lady's #BeBest initiative, which aims to support kindness and respect. If Trump thought Michael Jordan would be excited to be named as the basketball player preferred by the POTUS (or, perhaps, the only other player whose name Trump could remember) and throw some accolades back Trump's way, he missed his guess. "He's doing an unbelievable job for his community", Jordan said through a spokeswoman.

In the interview, James also talked about Donald Trump, saying he feels like the U.S president is trying to use sports to divide America.

This wasn't one of Trump's best-timed tweets.

The first lady, however, is apparently unaffected by the animus James has toward her husband, nor does she appear to be letting the President's statement about James affect her own feelings on the matter.

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The spokeswoman also said that the First Lady may even consider visiting the school that James opened last week in Ohio. James was on Lemon's show to discuss the opening of his I Promise school for at-risk children in Akron, Ohio.

National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan reportedly lent his "support" on Saturday to LeBron James in the wake of a critical tweet from President Trump.

When Lemon asked: "What would you say to the President if he was sitting right here?"

Trump hit back in a tweet on Friday night in which he mocked James.

"I support L.J.", Jordan told NBC News through his spokesperson on Saturday.

Indeed, this week's exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

"I would never sit across from him", he said.