CNN: First Lady Sides With LeBron James After President Slams NBA Star In Controversial Tweet

‘it looks like Lebron James is working to do good things on behalf of the next generation’

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CABRERA: "You're live in the CNN newsroom. I'm Ana Cabrera in New York. The first lady of the United States, Melania trump choosing apparently to support the man her husband is insulting on Twitter. President Trump badmouthing NBA superstar Lebron James after his interview replayed on CNN. The first lady just released a statement. And she is not agreeing with the president. In fact she is supporting Lebron James. Right to our White House correspondent. Boris Sanchez in Ohio where the president will hold a rally tonight. This is not the first time Melania's trump's message doesn't line up with her husband. Tell us how this is playing out."
SANCHEZ: "That's right, Ana. Certainly a surprise. And some of the language she specifically used in the statement is surprising as well. This started because of an interview that Lebron James did with don lemon on CNN. The president taking exception to certain things that Lebron James apparently said during that interview. To be clear the focus was on James 'felony philanthropy for underprivileged youth here in Ohio. And but he was asked about trump. And he said the president uses sports as a platform to divide and distract. That could be why the president was upset and sent out the tweet insulting the former final's MVP's intelligence. Melania trump going in a different direction. She writes, quote it looks like Lebron James is working to do good things on behalf of the next generation. As she always has the first lady encourages everyone to have of an open dialogue about issues facing children today. 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. Her platform centers around visiting organizations hospitals and schools. And she would be open to visiting the I promise school in Akron. The I promise school is the school Lebron James opened, who in an interview said he would not sit across from the president. The other part of the statement I find notable, Ana, responsible online behavior coming on the heels of a tweet the president of the United States sent out insulting someone. Ana."

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