Trump Asked Xi's Help in Case of Detained US Basketball Players

Donald Trump asks Chinese president to help LiAngelo Ball, UCLA trio following arrest

Trump Asked Xi's Help in Case of Detained US Basketball Players

Surveillance video of the players appeared to show them shoplifting from stores inside of the high-end shopping complex including Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.

Now president Donald Trump is asking Chinese president Xi Jinping to resolve the case quickly, according to the Washington Post.

Trump reportedly brought up the issue during his meeting with Xi on Saturday in Beijing, and Xi promised that the three players would be treated fairly and expeditiously. The players could remain in Hangzhou for "a week or two", ESPN reported.

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

The UCLA men's basketball team flew back to the US over the weekend without forwards Jalen Hill and Cody Riley and guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and have been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since then.

Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and spoken with UCLA coach Steve Alford, and Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, the official told the paper. Charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution, the official told the Washington Post.

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They were seen walking from health club at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou with UCLA associate AD Chris Carlson accompanying them.

The team has since returned home, without Ball, Riley and Hill. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

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