First lady Melania Trump issued a statement Saturday in support of LeBron James, after President Trump posted a late-night tweet attacking the basketball star.
The president took to his favorite medium and attacked James’s intelligence Friday night after CNN aired an interview in which the NBA star told anchor Don Lemon that he thought Trump was trying to divide the country by using sports as a wedge.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump wrote.
“He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
Trump had apparently watched the rebroadcast of the interview, which originally aired Monday, CNN said.
While James has not commented on Trump’s tweet, others have responded both directly and indirectly — like the first lady.
“It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation,” said Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham.
“And just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today.”
Grisham went on to say that the first lady supports “responsible online behavior” as part of her Be Best initiative, and said that Melania Trump would be open to visiting James’s new school.