- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Three UCLA basketball players were on their way back to the U.S. Tuesday after President Trump asked China’s president personally to intervene on their shoplifting charges.

Fox News confirmed that LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, who were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, have been released and were traveling back home.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday he personally intervened with Chinese President Xi Jinping to seek their release.

“I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “He was terrific, and they’re working on it right now.”

The team’s trip to play its season opener in Shanghai coincided with Mr. Trump’s state visit to Beijing.

Mr. Trump said of the situation, “What they did was unfortunate. You’re talking about very long prison sentences. And hopefully everything is going to work out. But it’s a very, very rough situation with what happened to them. That was not something that should have happened.”

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