LeBron James has yet to speak publicly about President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade against him, but first lady Melania Trump has — and her comments might just take her on a trip to Akron.

On Monday, Akron Public Schools spokesperson Mark Williamson said the district would be open to having Melania Trump visit the I Promise School, which opened last week.

The comment was spurred by a series of tweets that began late Friday night, when President Trump tweeted: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”

Lemon, a CNN anchor, interviewed James on July 30 during the opening of the I Promise School in a news segment that aired on the TV network throughout last week.

The NBA superstar’s foundation helped support the creation of the public school, which has longer days and offers extra services for students who are falling behind their peers academically and their families.

Trump’s tweet drew an immediate backlash from all sides of the political spectrum, including from Lemon, who responded: “Who’s the real dummy? A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages? #BeBest”

The “BeBest” hashtag used by Lemon and others criticizing the president was a reference to Melania Trump, who uses the same hashtag on social media to promote her campaign against cyberbullying and other issues facing children.

Stephanie Grisham, director of communications for the first lady, was quick to defend her, tweeting: “#BeBest is a sincere campaign meant to help children. Not something for @CNN to use to mock @POTUS.”

Grisham also released a statement on behalf of Melania Trump, who distanced herself from her husband’s position.

“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,” Grisham said in a prepared statement Saturday, adding that Melania Trump would be “open to visiting the I Promise School.”

Although no plans are underway for the first lady to visit, the Akron district said it’d be open to having her.

“If she is truly interested, we would be happy to discuss it,” Williamson said.

Theresa Cottom can be reached at 330-996-3216 or tcottom@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @Theresa_Cottom.