Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Asks China's President To Help Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

A US media report says President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to personally intervene in the case of three American college basketball players who were arrested on shoplifting charges last week in Hangzhou.

The players remained in China after not being allowed to leave the country, awaiting their ruling from the Chinese court system. After Trump's entreaties, Jinping reportedly said he would look into it and make sure the players were treated fairly and expeditiously.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump spoke to Xi regarding the matter.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN.

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.

Last week, Ball and his teammates, along with Georgia Tech basketball players were detained on suspicion of shoplifting from the Louis Vuitton store next to the hotel. The Post cited an official who indicated charges against the players have been reduced and the case is close to resolution.

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.

Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested. The Los Angeles Lakers selected his brother, Lonzo Ball, with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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