Don Lemon fires back against 'nasty, hateful' Trump attack

CNN host Don Lemon has responded to Donald Trump's criticism of his interview with LeBron James, saying the president "traffics in racism". And it may have forced the first lady's hand, given that community service is at the center of her "Be Best" campaign.

Mr Trump has taken a harsh stance on the ongoing debate over players in the National Football League (NFL) who refuse to stand for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. Once again, Kiffin is king of social media.

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. Meanwhile, Don Lemon, the presenter who had interviewed James, also got Melania Trump involved.

Jordan, who rarely wades into the political fray, and other US athletes rallied to James' defense on Saturday, praising him for his work in his community.

James has made no secret of his political opinions, calling Trump "a bum" past year and telling CNN's Don Lemon last week that he would "would never sit across" from the president, prompting Trump to insult James' intelligence.

"What I've noticed over the past few months, [is] he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to", James said, later adding, "I can't sit back and say nothing". "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do". "#BeBest", Lemon tweeted, using the hashtag of her youth wellbeing awareness campaign, which advocates against cyberbullying. "He's doing an fantastic job for his community". Asked what he would say to Trump if he were sitting across from him, James replied, "I would never sit across from him". After Trump compared the Los Angeles Lakers star unfavourably to Michael Jordan, Jordan said "I support LJ". "We, the decent and truly patriotic people who really love America and believe in this its greatness have to".

Conservative Anna Paulina, a fellow panelist (shown above, far left), then jumped in and tried bringing up the specific white people Trump has criticized.

Sharing pictures of local children attending the I Promise School to Twitter, he wrote: "Let's get it kids!"