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

14 November, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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During that visit, the President of the United States reportedly tried to help out the three stranded UCLA basketball players - LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - have were left behind in China while waiting to learn what will come of their shoplifting charges. The three Bruins remain in a luxury hotel in Hangzhou, where they emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a spokesman said they are "doing fine", the Los Angeles Times reported. Xi said he wanted to be sure that the three UCLA players are to be treated fairly and expeditiously, as said by a USA official who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the situation. A Bruins representative is staying with the players, and Ball's brother, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, said their father, Lavar, is remaining in China as well.

In his article, Nakamura also noted that after Trump brought up the matter, Xi promised to take a look at the case.

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

Trump spent two days in Beijing, but made "no public mention of the UCLA case".

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Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.

The good news is that everything seems to be working towards a resolution.

Trump will return home and say the trip was a huge success, while Xi will believe the home field advantage really works. LiAngelo Ball's family is in Hong Kong marketing $495 Big Baller Brand shoes, according to a tweet from LaVar Ball.

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