The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly

The Trump-Xi Meeting in Beijing, Very Briefly

John Brennan, the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama, responded to Trump's weekend tweets praising Russian Federation and China and other comments about those nations' leaders as a demonstration "to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and to try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national-security standpoint".

After Trump's entreaties, Jinping reportedly said he would look into it and make sure the players were treated fairly and expeditiously.

An anonymous USA official told The Washington Post that charges against the three players have been reduced.

President Donald Trump has personally intervened on behalf of the three UCLA basketball players ensnared in an global shoplifting scandal, asking his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help settle the case, a top White House spokesman said Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email to the newspaper that Trump raised the issue with Xi.

Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week. It also helps that US Chief of Staff John F. Kelly remains in personal contact with Chinese authorities and the families of the players. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the USA were in contact over the matter. The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN.

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

The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".

LaVar Ball later released a statement about the allegations against LiAngelo: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time".

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