President Trump asked China's president for help with LiAngelo Ball and UCLA players case
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- During his trip to Asia, President Trump personally asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three basketball players from UCLA who were caught shoplifting.
The Washington Post reports President Trump raised the issue during a two-day state visit to Beijing. Trump arrived one day after LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were accused of shoplifting in Hangzhou.
Xi told Trump that he would look into the case and ensured players would be "treated fairly and expeditiously."
A U.S. official tells The Post that charges against the players have been reduced as the country looks to work a resolution.
Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, is also reportedly in contact with the families of all the players involved as well as UCLA's head coach Steve Alford.
ESPN reports the trio of players were questioned on Tuesday after allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel. The players were released on bail but they were forced to stay at a hotel in Hangzhou as they await further instruction from Chinese officials.
Trump learned about what happened through aides including Kelly.