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Here’s What LeBron James Said About Trump in His CNN Interview That Set POTUS Off

LeBron James, fresh off opening and funding a public school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, sat down with CNN’s Don Lemon for an interview that aired this week and re-ran on Friday night.

The three-time NBA champion, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, told Lemon he thought the president was using sports to divide the country.

“We are in a position right now in America…where this race thing has taken over,” James said. “Because I believe our president is kind of trying to divide us.”

“Kind of?” Lemon asked.

“Is,” James confirmed. “I don’t want to say kind of. What I’ve noticed over the last few months is he’s kind of used sport to divide us.”

The interview caught Trump’s attention, who was apparently watching CNN at 11 p.m. on a Friday night, and launched this missive at the star athlete — which is earning the president harsh rebukes.

The interview also landed with a punch. Lemon asked James what he would say to Trump if he were sitting in the room.

“I would never sit across from him,” James replied.

“You would never? You don’t want to talk to him?” Lemon asked.

“No. I’d sit across from Barack, though,” he said, laughing.

Watch above, via CNN.

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