After LeBron James is critical of Trump, the president tweets back

04 August, 2018, 22:02 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School

Trump has been strongly critical of the NFL for failing to punish players who kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest.

That echoed comments he made in January that Trump had "given people and racism... an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear".

In an interview with CNN, James said he thought the president had used sports to "divide" the U.S., adding it was something he "can't relate to".

President Donald Trump had something harsh to say on Twitter about LeBron James, seen here taking part in the opening of a school for under-privileged children.

"Who's the real dummy?", the CNN anchor tweeted Saturday. One person who was apparently up late watching it: President Trump.

"Kind of?" Lemon said, followed by a chuckle. "I like Mike!", Donald's highly opinionated tweet read. By the way, all-around he's better than Michael Jordan.

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In the interview, James said he "would never sit across" from Trump, though he would talk to former President Barack Obama. The killing of Trayvon Martin - the 2012 case in which the unarmed black teenager was fatally shot and his killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted by a Florida jury - was a turning point, he told Lemon.

James has also spoken about the tradition of athletes visiting the White House after a championship win, saying: "Going to the White House was a great honour until you showed up".

Last year, James tweeted directly at Trump after the president tweeted that he was withdrawing the White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors because Stephen Curry was "hesitating" about going.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

That observation echoed Saturday. He added the hashtag #BeBest, a reference to an initiative by the first lady, Melania Trump, that aims to help children.

"Mr President", he said. "They always use it to say 'OK, this is even more motivation, this is even more a way for me to even be more powerful.' And they're the reason why we are here today". One, because I believe our president is trying to divide us.

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