‘I like Mike!’: Trump disses LeBron James

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Donald Trump has taunted National Basketball Association player LeBron James over his intelligence, claiming it "isn't easy" to make him "look smart".

The current Commander-in-Chief took the time to tweet a dissing message about NBA basketball player LeBron James, 33, and CNN journalist Don Lemon, 52, on the night of August 3 after the two had an interview in which LeBron spoke his mind about Donald.

CNN's Don Lemon scored an exclusive interview with hoops king LeBron James.

James said his involvement in sports was the first time "I ever was around someone white", adding, "And I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me, and we became very good friends".

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James had criticized Trump as racially insensitive in a Monday interview with Lemon, in which James announced he was opening a school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

Trump resorted to childish name-calling in a Friday evening tweet in which he slammed the intelligence of both James and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

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It's unclear whether James intended his Saturday tweet to be a response to Trump.

Lemon's questions mostly focused on James's time off the court, covering the I Promise model inspired by James's childhood search of sanctuary away from crime and violence in Akron.

CNN's Lemon and Don Rather have since responded to the inflammatory remarks by Trump, Rather calling the president a disgrace and Lemon questioning who the "real dummy" is. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" Trump has seemed to go after just about anyone famous who has spoken out against him.

"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this lovely country", James said.

"The school, the Foundation explains, is a "culmination of years of on-the-ground work and research-based interventions" funded by James" I PROMISE program.

And Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump "turned other cheek re @KingJames & @donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that @POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they're both honest & intelligent men".

All-stars Bradley Beal and Karl-Anthony Towns were the first colleagues to react, before Donovan Mitchell also chimed in.

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