President Trump Personally Asked Chinese President to Resolve UCLA Robbery Case

13 November, 2017, 21:10 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Donald Trump asks Chinese president to help LiAngelo Ball, UCLA trio following arrest

The case of the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting has officially caught the eye of President Donald Trump, who personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case, according to the Washington Post.

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley did not play in UCLA's win over Georgia Tech on Friday night, and did not travel back with the team.

Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week.

A US official told the Washington Post that Xi promised Trump he would look into the case and make sure the players would be treated fairly.

The White House confirmed in an email to the Washington Post, which first reported Trump's involvement, that the president brought up the issue with Xi.

The trio are now staying at hotel in Hangzhou with a UCLA team representative, and they're required to stay there until the legal process is over, which could take several weeks.

Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested.

The official was quoted as saying that the charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.

UCLA returned to the United States on Saturday without the three freshmen, sources told Markazi. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest.

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