Donald Trump Calls Chinese President To Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Incident

Lester Mason
November 13, 2017

Once the UCLA basketball players' legal cases are resolved and they return to the United States, Trump likely will tell the world about his role in accelerating the timeline for their release.

The Washington Post is reporting that President Trump personally asked Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the shoplifting case that saw three UCLA basketball players arrested while in Hangzhou.

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.

The three players have not been allowed to leave China after being accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Huangzhou last week.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi, The Post reported.

As reported earlier by The Root, the players did not play in the game they came to China for against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, nor did they fly home with the team.

Chinese authorities reportedly have surveillance video, and ESPN reported that the trio could be detained for two weeks.

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

Based on China's laws regarding shoplifting, the players could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to Yahoo Sports.

Lonzo Ball, said on Saturday that his father called him on Friday to say that the family is staying in China as the case plays out and that "we are handling it out here, so that's a good sign".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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