The first lady’s spokeswoman revealed on Saturday said Melania is supportive of James’ work with children.
The President slammed James’s intelligence 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!”
The President appeared to be responding to James the interview, which aired Friday night, in which the NBA superstar said he wouldn’t sit down across from the President if he were given the opportunity.
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 and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today,” Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN.
“As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative.”
The first lady, however, is apparently unaffected by the animus James has toward her husband, nor does she appear to be letting the President’s statement about James affect her own feelings on the matter. Grisham said Trump would even consider visiting the school that James opened last week in Ohio.
“[The first lady’s] platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron,” said Grisham.
Melania Trump wasn’t the only person with experience as the first lady to respond in James’s favor.
Hilary Clinton sent a tweet Saturday afternoon in which she praised James for being “a great family man” and “incredible ballplayer” who “gives back to his community and isn’t afraid to speak his mind.”
“Lebron James is a great family man, incredible ballplayer, gives back to his community, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He’s a world class athlete and a class act. We need more like him in this world.,” Hilar Cliton wrote on Twitter.
The Lakers also weighed in with a statement in response to the President. Jeanie Buss, the team’s CEO and owner, referred to James as “an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader.”
During the interview, James told Lemon his first interaction with the white community was on the basketball court, where divisions melted away.
“Sports has never been something that divides people,” James said.