Donald Trump Asks China President To Resolve UCLA Basketball Arrests

LiAngelo Ball Arrested In China for Shoplifting ... UCLA Cooperating with Officials

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.

According to The Washington Post, Trump discussed the players' arrests during his visit to China, and Xi promised to look into the case and ensure the players are treated fairly and expeditiously.

According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved.

Once Mr. Trump addressed the issue with Xi, he promised to look into the case and ensure the fair treatment of the players, an anonymous US official told The Washington Post.

A source told Markazi that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores. The three freshmen are now reportedly out on bail.

Ball, 18, is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and the son of Big Baller Brand entrepreneur LaVar Ball.

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

A White House official confirmed with CBS News that "the issue did come up" in Mr. Trump and Xi's "exchange".

No. 21 UCLA won its season-opening game 63-60 over Georgia Tech in Shanghai earlier Saturday.

The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said.



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