First lady Melania Trump said that NBA star “LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation,” just hours after her husband attacked James’ intelligence in a tweet.
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump said in a statement that James is “working to do good things” with his new school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, adding that the first lady is “open to visiting” the school.
“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,” first lady spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
Melania’s comment came hours after the president attacked James on Twitter and questioned his intelligence, prompting pushback and statements of support on the player’s behalf.
“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 following CNN host Don Lemon’s interview with James this week about his newly opened school.
Trump also appeared to tweet his support for Michael Jordan.
Jordan came out in support of James earlier Saturday, saying that the NBA star is “doing an amazing job for his community.”
Lemon hit back at Trump on Saturday over the president’s tweet, writing, “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?”