Trump asks China for help with UCLA basketball players held for shoplifting

Lynette Rowe
November 14, 2017

Xi, according to the Post, promised Trump he'd look into the matter, and make sure the players are treated - quoting from the article - "expeditiously and fairly". Trump will claim that China has agreed to remove barriers to the American financial sector in the Chinese market; but Xi's promises aren't ironclad.

According to Nakamura, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to him via email that Trump personally reached out to Jinping.

After facing 3-10 years in a Chinese Prison, LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA teammates have the commander in chief in their corner fighting to get them out of China and back in the states as soon as possible. The players were arrested last week and charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store located next to the team's hotel. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

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A USA official quoted by the Post said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players.

The good news is that everything seems to be working towards a resolution. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. Trump was later notified of the UCLA players' detainment through his aides.

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning. "It ain't that big of a deal". UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball. "We will comment shortly".

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