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Trump asked Xi Jinping to help UCLA basketball players busted shoplifting

13 November 2017

Surveillance video of the players appeared to show them shoplifting from stores inside of the high-end shopping complex including Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. The team was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 4.

President Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA men's basketball players arrested for shoplifting.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email to the Post that Trump raised the matter with Xi, who promised to look into the case and assured Trump that the players would be treated without prejudice. The players did not fly home with the team following UCLA's win over the Yellow Jackets and could be required to stay in Hangzhou for a week or two.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported.

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"We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore", Trump told business leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam.

A USA official speaking to Nakamura on the condition of anonymity said that the case is proceeding towards a resolution with reduced charges in the matter. If convicted on the original charges, the three could get a prison sentence of up to ten years each according to earlier reports. The story made headlines not only for its peculiarity, but also because of the involvement of LiAngelo Ball, the second-oldest son of LaVar Ball and brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. LiAngelo Ball is pictured on March 14, 2017 in Torrance, California.

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Trump asked Xi Jinping to help UCLA basketball players busted shoplifting