President Trump found out about the great U.C.L.A.-China basketball episode of 2017 when members of his staff saw it on CNN just before Mr. Trump’s dinner with the president of China in Beijing last week.
They learned that three American college basketball players — representing a storied sports program visiting China for an early-season game sponsored by one of China’s largest companies — had been arrested on Nov. 8, accused of stealing designer sunglasses at a high-end shopping mall.
The alleged offense was hardly life or death. But what begun as a simple accusation of celebrity shoplifting threatened to escalate into a full-blown international incident just as Mr. Trump arrived in China on a 12-day mission through Asia, his first foreign trip to the region.
But just as concern deepened about the fate of the three young athletes in China, their detention abruptly ended, aided, it seems, by Mr. Trump’s direct intervention with the country’s president, Xi Jinping. On Tuesday, the three players, including the star freshman LiAngelo Ball, the brother of the N.B.A. rookie Lonzo Ball, were allowed to leave their hotel and board a flight back to California.
President Trump has a message to the UCLA basketball players who got out of China:
“Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” Trump tweeted.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
Well, we had their answer or should I say we had no answer, as the three UCLA basketball players walked slowly through the airport terminal, a barrage of camera flashes reflecting off their gray jackets as questions were shouted at them.
“Did LaVar pay for your bail? … Do you have a message for Trump? … Why would you take that stuff?”
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill said nothing upon their return from China on Tuesday evening. The 111/2-hour Delta flight carrying the trio of freshmen had just arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Shanghai, ending a nearly weeklong ordeal in which they had been questioned over the alleged shoplifting of designer sunglasses.
If you ask me a simple thank you would be enough!
After all President Trump did rescue them from the tough situation!
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