Donald Trump attacks LeBron James in late-night tweet

Trump Targets LeBron James, Don Lemon on Twitter After CNN Interview Airs

US President Donald Trump sniped back at NBA great LeBron James late Friday, days after the basketball player and philanthropist accused him of fueling racial divides in the United States.

"What I've noticed over the past few months. he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to", James said.

But in yet another blow for the President, Jordan came out in support of James, saying he's "doing awesome work for his community".

Trump caused a stir earlier when he attacked James and Lemon in a late-night tweet after the president purportedly viewed Lemon's interview with James about the school the National Basketball Association star opened in Akron for at-risk youth. In the tweet, Trump insults Lemon's and James' intelligence and ends it by saying, "I like Mike!"

Trump's tweet on Saturday was swiftly condemned by many on social media, including Dan Rather, the former CBS News anchor, who said the president's words were racist.

LeBron, who has slammed him in the past, also said he "would never sit across" from the US leader, adding, "I'd sit across from Barack Obama though".

Many have since come to the defense of James, and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss joined that throng of vocal supporters.

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Aug. 4 2018 in Lewis Center Ohio
President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Aug. 4 2018 in Lewis Center Ohio

The "Mike" reference at the end of the tweet appeared to be Trump showcasing his preference for Jordan.

In the interview with CNN's Lemon, James gave a tour of the "I Promise" school, his latest venture, which is a school for at-risk youth.

"I can't sit back and say nothing", James said in his CNN interview. Some outspoken critics denounced Trump's tweet as another display of racism by the President. The idea struck particularly hurtful for James, who explained sports was a means for him to learn about others.

"U bum", James said in the now-famous tweet.

Mr Trump is traveling to OH on Saturday (local time) for a campaign rally.

LeBron's sentiments obviously got under the Donald's skin but this isn't the first time the two have had some bad blood between them.

He was responding to remarks by then-Cavs star James and Curry, who both said they would not attend a White House reception. Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

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