Trump asked Chinese president for help over arrested UCLA basketball players

14 November, 2017, 01:54 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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LiAngelo Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested shoplifting last week at a Louis Vuitton store adjacent to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, China.

Trump's first official visit to the region was billed as a push to step up worldwide pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and reduce US trade deficits with South Korea, Japan and China.

A USA official quoted by the Post said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players.

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According to The Washington Post, Trump discussed the players' arrests during his visit to China, and Xi promised to look into the case and ensure the players are treated fairly and expeditiously. They were released on bail last week, but were told to remain in Hangzhou until the legal process was completed.

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and has spoken with UCLA coach Steve Alford, according to the Post source.

According to a report from Joshua Berlinger of CNN, the three players could face between three and 10 years in a Chinese prison if convicted of grand larceny.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will make a statement on North Korea and trade issues following his return to Washington from Asia this week.

The three players, who have been under house arrest at the team's hotel, did not take part in UCLA's victory over Georgia Tech on Friday night. UCLA will play its home opener against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. "It ain't that big of a deal".

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