President Trump reportedly asked China's president to help "resolve" the case against three UCLA basketball players.
According to a report from The Washington Post, President Trump has asked China's president, Xi Jinping, to help "resolve" the case involving three UCLA basketball players, who were arrested for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton in Shanghai last week. Trump did so while on a trip to Beijing this past week.
The UCLA trio - LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - is currently being held in China while authorities determine whether to press charges.
After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, said a U.S. official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and spoken with UCLA coach Steve Alford, and Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, the official added. This official indicated that charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.
Ball and his teammates did not play in Friday's opener against Georgia Tech and did not join the rest of the team on its flight home afterward.
We'll keep you updated on the situation.