NJ senator calls Trump's attack on LeBron James racist

Michael Jordan says 'I support' LeBron James after Trump attack

Mr. Trump responded by taking a shot at Mr. James' and Mr. Lemon's intelligence while seemingly choosing Mr. Jordan in the ongoing debate about whether Mr. James or Mr. Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.

"I would never sit across from him", the four-time MVP replied, before adding: "I'd sit across from Barack [Obama], though". "[LeBron James]. He's doing an awesome job for his community".

"It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation", Stephanie Grisham, the First Lady's spokesperson, said in a statement released Saturday.

Trump tweeted on Friday - though he denied watching Lemon interview James about the opening of James' free school for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio - that "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon".

To his list of evidence, Lemon added Trump's past embrace of a conspiracy theory that Barack Obama, "America's first black president", was born in Kenya and faked his USA citizenship.

Monday on MSNBC, former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele said President Donald Trump's tweet, suggesting NBA star LeBron James was not smart "is nothing short of racist".

Defaulting to his favourite tool of response, Trump tweeted his frustration, but unintentionally proved James' original claim right. "Because clearly Donald Trump won't".

Lebron puts kids in school.

It could be that Trump's wife and daughter and some top aides are fighting a battle to safeguard their own principles and beliefs within the eye of the Trump storm and carefully chose areas where they can distance themselves from the President to protect their own identities.

"So let me get this straight: Flint, Missouri, has dirty water still, but you anxious about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?" he asked the president on Twitter. "I support you but this is unacceptable, you need to apologize immediately, ' wrote Wesley Cantrell".

The White House has not responded to a request for comment on Lemon's speech. "Think about that. Is this who we really are?".

Sharing pictures of local children attending the I Promise School to Twitter, he wrote: "Let's get it kids!"