President Donald Trump rips LeBron James in late-night tweet

US President Donald Trump hits back at Le Bron James over CNN interview

Donald Trump attacks LeBron James in late-night tweet

Donald Trump has sparked uproar online after taking aim at basketball superstar LeBron James, with many social media users calling the United States president "racist" and a "bully".

President Trump faced renewed accusations of racism Saturday after mocking the intelligence of Lakers superstar LeBron James and broadcaster Don Lemon of CNN.

Grisham's statement came after President Trump posted a scathing tweet questioning James' intellectual capacity in response to an interview the basketball player gave to CNN which aired on Friday night.

During the interview, James shared his thoughts on Trump and how his policies and behavior has drawn a wedge between Americans, especially when it comes to sports. James said: "I would never sit across from him".

"I support LJ", Jordan said in a statement, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

"He's kind of used sport to. divide us and that's something I can't relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I ever was around someone white". The President ended his tweet with the seemingly unrelated exclamation of "I like Mike!".

Trump then made a pointed shot at James in the famous National Basketball Association "greatest of all time" debate by saying he preferred Michael Jordan over James. "He's doing an wonderful job for his community", said Jordan, according to CNN.

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James, for his part, in his first comment since the insult, tweeted a celebration of his new school instead of responding directly to Trump. "This is apparently what the President of the United States feels the need to share with the world at what should be long past his bedtime?"

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Utah jazz player Donovan Mitchell referred to Trump as an "insecure human being" and accused him of setting a bad example to the country.

In another possibly dig at the President, spokesperson Grisham noted that Melania's Be Best initiative promoted responsible online behaviour.

"No. I'd sit across from Barack, though", he said, laughing. He also mentioned how the tweet appeared racist.

The tweet also included a hashtag for the first lady's Be Best campaign, which focuses on anti-cyberbullying and was launched in May to help improve child well-being.

James tweeted Saturday about the I Promise school, saying "Love you guys".

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