Trump asks China's Xi to intervene in case of arrested UCLA players

LETTER: The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly

Donald Trump asked the president of China to resolve the LiAngelo Ball shoplifting case

According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has "personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case".

According to several reports, the three players were arrested earlier this week for allegedly shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Hangzhou. UCLA was in China for a basketball tournament and the players did not play in the Bruins' victory over Georgia Tech after authorities made the arrests. Sources told ESPN that the three could remain in China for another week or two.

Xi promised Trump that the UCLA players will be treated fairly and expeditiously, an anonymous USA official told the Post.

Trump called on China for the umpteenth time to strengthen sanctions on North Korea; Xi said nothing, and the Chinese press removed Trump's comments. According to the report, the charges against the players has already been reduced and the case could come to a close in short order. The players were arrested last week and charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store located next to the team's hotel.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.

If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

Trump will return home and say the trip was a huge success, while Xi will believe the home field advantage really works. 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.

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