Donald Trump Asked Chinese President To Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

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

President Trump personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week, according to a report Monday. Xi, according to the Post, promised Trump he'd look into the matter, and make sure the players are treated - quoting from the article - "expeditiously and fairly".

Players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have remained in China while the rest of the team has flown home to Los Angeles.

A White House official confirmed with CBS News that "the issue did come up" in Mr. Trump and Xi's "exchange". However, the charges against the players were reduced and the case was headed toward a resolution, a source told ESPN.

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Initial reports suggested the players could remain in China for up to two months, depending on whether Chinese authorities chose to pursue an arrest, which would spark an investigation. ESPN reported last Friday that police have surveillance footage of the trio committing the crimes in three stores in the high-end shopping center.

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.

Ball, the second son of outspoken and high-profile sports dad, LaVar Ball, is set to begin his freshman season at UCLA.

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News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country.

"Trump learned about the details of the case from aides, including [Chief of Staff John] Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions".

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