He sits down with @donlemon at the opening of his new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
In that way, the issues intersect, but Trump and his conservative base have said the protest has shown disrespect for the flag and military, upturning the conversation into one about patriotism and sacrifice.
Trump is traveling to OH on Saturday for a campaign rally.
As was noted on Twitter Saturday morning, Lemon and James are two successful and respected African-American men who have risen in their respective careers.
On a separate airing of "CNN Tonight", Lemon said that Trump's presidency "can be defined by lies". He has often been an outspoken critic of Trump.
It is not clear who Trump meant when he said "I like Mike!" Among them, Michael Jordan's letter of support spoke the loudest. When Lemon asked James what he would say to Trump if he ever had the chance to sit across from him, James replied, "I would never sit across from him". It's one of the more admirable charity initiatives in recent memory and has been lauded by people across the political spectrum.
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Despite this, there hasn't always been bad blood between Mr Trump and the three-time National Basketball Association champion.
And of course, no cycle of Trump shade is complete without Pete Souza, the former White House photographer for President Barack Obama, weighing in with a deep cut from his archives.
Incidentally, prior to his criticism of James, Trump retweeted a quote from Pastor Darrell Scott calling Trump "the most pro-black president that we've had in our lifetime".
So here is the interview, followed by Trump's tweet and the responses to it.
The president jumped on the LeBron comments on Friday evening and let loose with a tweet. "For kids, in general, all they want to know is that someone cares". "I believe there's someone else out there". He also mentioned how the tweet appeared racist.
"Sounds like [first lady Melania Trump] had the remote last night", the network tweeted. "We hope you both saw the incredible work of @KingJames", the network said.