Trump asked Chinese president for help over arrested UCLA basketball players

Report: Trump asked Xi to resolve Ball arrest

During a two-day trip to Beijing last week, President Donald Trump asked his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou.

Trump visited the country to discuss trade matters, tour the destination's popular attractions, and nuclear weapons concerning North Korea.

Trump's first official visit to the region was billed as a push to step up global pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and reduce USA trade deficits with South Korea, Japan and China. They were released on bail last week, but were told to remain in Hangzhou until the legal process was completed.

The Post reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the players' families and spoken to UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford.

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A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told ESPN that the three players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two". News also broke that Chinese authorities reported having surveillance video of the trio stealing from several other stores that same day. Xi, according to the Post, promised Trump he'd look into the matter, and make sure the players are treated - quoting from the article - "expeditiously and fairly".

The three did not play in the team's season opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai, and did not fly back to Los Angeles with the rest of the team. Three players were questioned from each team.

The team has since returned home, without Ball, Riley and Hill. "It ain't that big of a deal". "We will comment shortly".

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