"I support LeBron James", he said through a spokesman. "Tweet about that. (A) professional athlete doing a good thing for his community". "Her platform centres around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron (the school started by James)".
In the tweet that started it all, Trump also said that Lemon made "Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do".
Lemon nor James has responded to Trump's tweet.
First lady Melania Trump, in a statement issued Saturday by her spokesperson, said she would be open to visiting the I Promise School.
When asked what he would say to Trump if he was sitting right here, James said, "I would never sit across from him".
The first lady, however, is apparently unaffected by the animus James has toward her husband, nor does she appear to be letting the President's statement about James affect her own feelings on the matter.More news: Jorginho and Riyad Mahrez handed starts in Community Shield
This weekend's controversy was just the latest in a long-running feud between James and the president. In the feature, James criticises Trump's attempt to use sports as a divisive tool.
Support for the 33-year-old James also came from the world of baseball, with Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman praising the former Cleveland Cavaliers player as a role model, while branding Trump's tweet "embarrassing". That campaign appearance probably turned the tide, as Trump didn't always feel so strongly against James.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who was at the league's NBA Africa Game on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, commended James for his work on and off the court.
"I remember sound bites from her when her husband was a then candidate saying racist things, bigoted things, saying misogynistic things, and she stood by him then", Cross said.
OH governor John Kasich, a Republican like Trump, and former newscaster Dan Rather also criticized the President's tweet about James.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport.
In 2013, Mr Trump tweeted: "Lebron is a great player and a great guy!"