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President Donald Trump appeared to respond on Thursday to a critic of his ongoing feuds with LaVar Ball by tweeting “Make America Great Again.” SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump appeared to respond on Thursday to a columnist critical of his ongoing feuds with LaVar Ball and other influential African Americans with a confusing and possibly accidental tweet that stated in all caps: “Make America Great Again.” The president tweeted his infamous campaign trail slogan again minutes later in a regular tweet.

Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent shared a link on Twitter to his Wednesday column in which he claimed that “President Trump regularly goes out of his way to attack prominent African Americans” like Ball.

“Trump's rage-tweets about LaVar Ball are part of a pattern,” Sargent tweeted to his 164,000 followers Wednesday. “Trump regularly attacks high-profile African Americans to feed his supporters' belief that the system is rigged for minorities.”

Trump responded to the Tweet with his “MAGA” slogan Thursday morning at 6:31 a.m. He tweeted the same thing again from his account at 6:44 a.m. but did not delete the previous tweet. It’s not clear whether his response to Sargent was intentional, though it may indicate that the president was at least aware of Sargent’s criticism.

Ball and Trump have been feuding publicly over an incident involving Ball’s son, LiAngelo Ball, who was arrested in China with two teammates earlier this month for alleged shoplifting. Trump claimed he was responsible for getting the incident resolved and the players back home. The president has since referred to Ball, the founder of Big Baller Brand, as an “ungrateful fool” and a “poor man’s Don King” after Ball failed to thank Trump publicly.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”

He later added: “LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”