President Donald Trump did something you rarely see him doing: Helping brothers out.
President Donald Trump reportedly personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament last week,” according to David Nakamura of the Washington Post.
Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has reportedly served as an intermediary between UCLA and Chinese officials in the hopes of bringing the players back to the United States quickly. The players could reportedly stay in the country for a “week or two.”
The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested abroad, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo’s outspoken father, LaVar Ball.
UCLA defeated Georgia Tech 63-60 in China on Friday without the three players, a group that also includes freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley.
Hopefully Trump’s plea could help with the matters. If convicted, the three players could face up to ten years in prison.