‘What they did was unfortunate’: Trump on LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players being held in China
By City News Service LiAngelo Ball, left, was among three UCLA basketball players arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Hangzhou, China. (Photo by Jeffrey Parenti)
LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump said today Chinese President Xi Jinping is helping out regarding three UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting
“President Xi has been terrific on that subject,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, bound for Honolulu following the conclusion of his 12-day trip to Asia. “But that was not a good subject. That was not something that should have happened.”
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President Donald Trump talks during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, Pool)
Trump and Xi met Thursday in Beijing.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained last Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. They remain under house arrest at the hotel.
“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump said. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”
When asked, “Do you expect to see them coming home soon?” Trump replied, “I hope so. hope so.”
The Washington Post reported Monday that a U.S. official indicated that shoplifting charges against the players have been reduced, and the case could be resolved soon.