Washington: Melania Trump has praised LeBron James for his charity work, saying she is open to visiting his new public school, hours after her husband Donald Trump questioned the NBA superstar’s intelligence.
Trump posted a scathing tweet questioning James’ intelligence after the three-time champion said in an interview that the President was “using sports to kinda divide people” and he would “never sit across from him”.
In a volley of late-night tweets, Trump publicly lashed out at James, questioning his intelligence and terming his interviewer Don Lemon as the “dumbest man” on television.
Donald spews venom, Melania’s words help
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. ” Trump tweeted. “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
‘Mrs Trump may visit James’ school’
“Mrs Trump’s platform centers around visiting organisations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron,” she said. James opened the school in his home town of Akron, Ohio. James said the school prioritizes a holistic experience for students that include sports, which he described as critical for healthy communities. James recently opened school for underprivileged children in his home town of Akron, Ohio.
Legend Jordan backs superstar
Many professional athletes, including basketball legend Michael Jordan, have been critical of Trump’s statements. “I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community,” Jordan said. James has been critical of Trump for years. Last year, he called Trump a “bum” for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their basketball championship with a visit to the White House. “Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up!” James had tweeted.
(With agency inputs)