Trump jumps into UCLA basketball's China nightmare

Trump jumps into UCLA basketball's China nightmare

The freshman players have been accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou.

According to a report in The Washington Post published Monday morning, Trump raised the arrests during his two-day state visit to Beijing.

The players - Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball - were reportedly arrested last Tuesday in Hangzhou, China, ahead of a season-opening game against Georgia Tech. The Post cited an official who indicated charges against the players have been reduced and the case is close to resolution.

Initial reports suggested the players could remain in China for up to two months, depending on whether Chinese authorities made a decision to pursue an arrest, which would spark an investigation. According to the Post, an unidentified US official said the players' charges have been reduced and that the case is moving forward.

The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said.

Share this article: LiAngelo Ball is one of three UCLA basketball team players being held under house arrest during a suspected shoplifting investigation in China. He was cordially received by his counterpart Xi Jinping - highlights included a private tour of the Forbidden City and a tea session in an imperial building that was funded by the United States government under President Theodore Roosevelt.

In China he was gushing in his praise of Mr Xi, calling his host "a very special man" in a trip rich with photo opportunities but lacking concrete outcomes on tackling key issues such as North Korea.

Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions. "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also might have spoken about the case with Trump, the official said", according to the Post.

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