An Ohio public school that LeBron James helped create says it would welcome a visit from first lady Melania Trump, who broached the idea after her husband insulted the National Basketball Association star on Twitter.
She said Mrs Trump wanted "to have an open dialogue about issues facing children".
'I believe our president is trying to divide us... he is, he's dividing us and what I have noticed over the last few months is that he's kind of used sport to divide'.
When Trump took the stage in a sweltering high school gymnasium north of Columbus, his late-night tweet deriding James' intellect had already generated hours of online buzz in defense of the all-star from Akron who had just opened a school for at-risk children in his hometown.
James had said in an interview that Mr Trump was divisive and had emboldened racists.
The spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a question on whether the first lady planned to visit the I Promise school. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do", the president tweeted. "He's doing an incredible job for his community", Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday. March also saw a pointed reference to Ingraham at the Academy Awards, when Bryant won a best animated short film Oscar for "Dear Basketball" and sarcastically told the audience, "As basketball players, we're really supposed to just shut up and dribble". "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"
Ingraham targeted James, then a Cleveland Cavaliers player, for his critical comments about Trump, words she declared to be unintelligible. James' publicist declined to respond to Trump's tweet, but early Saturday afternoon, James retweeted a post from the "I Promise" school and said: "Let's get it kids!"
The tweet was quickly condemned, or at least heavily shaded, in most corners of the internet. James also drew solidarity from his fellow sports personalities.
The public feud between King James and the imperious President is on one level a personal and even ideological clash between two of the richest, most famous entertainers in American life whose outsize images outshine the confines of the roles they now play. She called James "barely intelligible" and "ungrammatical" before also babbling, "It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball". "I support you but this is unacceptable, you need to apologize immediately, ' wrote Wesley Cantrell".