Jordan said: "I support LeBron James". "Tweet about that. (A) professional athlete doing a good thing for his community".
The president ended his tweet by saying "I like Mike!" - seeming to side with Michael Jordan in the debate over whether he or James is the greatest National Basketball Association player of all time.
"A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" tweeted Lemon, who also added a sarcastic #BeBest, which was a nod to Melania Trump's initiative to encourage children to be their best selves.
In a tweet, Trump took aim at two of his regular critics, James and cable TV news personality Don Lemon. James spoke to Lemon from the public, non-charter school he opened for at-risk kids in Akron, called the I Promise school. "I like Mike!" Trump wrote on Twitter late Friday, an apparent reference to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
President Donald Trump is turning his wrath on basketball superstar LeBron James. He said that Trump is using sports to divide Americans, and expressed a distaste for that method, instead suggesting sports should be one of the things that bring people together. Trump's remarks included his belief that Michael Jordan was the superior player. James also said he wouldn't attend a ceremony at the White House if his team had won the NBA Finals.
Jordan actually responded to the president's tweet in a statement to the Associated Press. It was the first lady and Trump daughter and top aide Ivanka Trump who urged the president to reverse course on family separations, the president said. The idea struck particularly hurtful for James, who explained sports was a means for him to learn about others.
Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up! James tweeted at the time.
Trump is holding a campaign-style rally in Lewis Center, Ohio on Saturday night.