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First Lady Melania Trump praises LeBron James after president’s tweet

President Trump Departs The White House

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn as they departs the White House July 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trumps are traveling to Joint Base Andrews to pay their respects to the family of United States Secret Service Special Agent Nole Edward Remagen who died after suffering a stroke while supporting Trump’s trip to Scotland over the weekend. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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President Donald Trump ripped LeBron James:

That caused plenty of people to defend LeBron. A surprising member of the group backing LeBron: First Lady Melania Trump.

Javier E. David of CNBC:

Below is the full statement from Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump’s spokesperson:

“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. 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. “

Donald Trump’s ardent supporters already heard his dog whistle of calling a highly intelligent black man dumb. Melania Trump’s follow-up helps the president’s reluctant supporters – and there are many – brush off the issue and move on.