Hours before Trump's speech, National Basketball Association player Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors was pressed on whether or not he would attend the team's visit to the White House after winning the National Basketball Association championship earlier this year.
"I don't want to go", said Curry. Trump tweeted at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.
ESPN reported that the team had been in communication with the White House about a visit.
Nevertheless, the thin-skinned president, being challenged by actual champions, chose to preempt Curry and the Warriors by "withdrawing" an invitation that apparently was never formally issued in the first place.
Curry and James may be the biggest of rivals on the court, but when it comes to matters away from the sport, they will back each other, in what is becoming an increasingly racially sensitive American society.
But how did the topic-and Curry's role in it, in particular-even make its way to the top of Trump's priorities?
Championship-winning teams - from little league, collegiate, and professional ranks - are invited to D.C. for a ceremony hosted by the president, but the custom has become a hot-button issue since Trump took office.
Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. We're using our platorms, using our opportunities to shed light on that, so that's kind of where I stand on it. James tweeted. "So therefore ain't no invite".
Pitcher Hector Rondon expressed that he would prefer not to go, saying: "I prefer to stay in my room, get rest and get prepared for the game". I don't know if anybody's changed.
The NBA superstar and actor James tweeted Trump was a "bum" and his logic made no sense.