The president took to his favorite medium and attacked James's intelligence Friday night after CNN aired an interview in which the National Basketball Association star told anchor Don Lemon that he thought Trump was trying to divide the country by using sports as a wedge.

I support LJ. He's doing an incredible job for his community. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", Jordan said through a spokeswoman.

The interview focused on James' contributions to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, including a new public school for at-risk third- and fourth-graders there.

James also talked about social issues and Trump's comments about sports in the past. He made Lebron (sic) look smart, which isn't easy to do. Trump added that he apparently prefers Michael Jordan to LeBron James.

Trump had no reaction to that tweet, and beat writer for Joe Vardon - who has covered James extensively - suggested that the president choosing to respond on this occasion has some political reasoning.

Lemon, who conducted the interview with James, also weighed in.

"I support LJ", Jordan said in the statement.

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Another person wrote: "Trump insulting LeBron the same week that he opened a school created to support at-risk students is peak disgusting Trump". A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?

Before entering politics, Trump frequently praised James and his own family tried to recruit him to the New York Knicks in 2010.

Even Republican John Kasich took Mr Trump to task for his comments on James.

Of course, the tweet comes on the heels of a monumental week for James. Trump, meanwhile, is headed to OH, as he is set to hold a "Make America Great Again" rally in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

In February, James explained why he was critical of the president: "While we cannot change what comes out of that man's mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, that this is not the way".

LeBron has yet to speak out about Donald's latest slamming tweet but it will be interesting to see what he says, if anything! "Sports have never been something that divide people it's always been something that brings people together".

Prior to that, Donald Trump referred to LeBron as both a "great player and a great guy", as record states.