Harrison Barnes on Trump, LeBron James

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize newly signed Laker LeBron James and the man who interviewed him on CNN, Don Lemon.

The NBA player was critical of Trump during the interview, saying that the president was trying to use sports to "divide" the country.

The interview caught Trump's attention, who was apparently watching CNN at 11 p.m. on a Friday night, and launched this missive at the star athlete - which is earning the president harsh rebukes.

"I like Mike!" Trump wrote on Twitter late Friday, an apparent reference to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Meanwhile, Jordan and first lady Melania Trump have also weighed in on the public conversation, and she's not here for her husband's pettiness. "He's doing an awesome job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

Interviewer Don Lemon criticised Trump's tweet, and responded by referring to the separation of child migrants from their parents: "Who's the real dummy?"

James also talked about social issues and Trump's comments about sports in the past.

James said Trump is creating a wedge by using situations like National Football League player Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem and "uninviting" NBA star Steph Curry to the White House.

OH governor John Kasich, a Republican like Trump, and former newscaster Dan Rather also criticized the President's tweet about James.

"In response, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump said that the first lady watches 'any channel she wants, '" the Hill reported.

In September 2017, James 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.

Jordan refused the compliment Saturday.

After Donald Trump's attacked the NBA player's intelligence the First Lady hit back with a statement saying the basketball star is "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation". And I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became friends.

Saturday morning, James tweeted pictures of students from his school.

Indeed, this week's exchange is just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president.

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