"I should have left UCLA players in jail": Trump fires back

Leigh Mccormick
November 20, 2017

President Donald Trump on Sunday said he "should have left" three UCLA basketball players in custody in China because one of the player's fathers suggested Trump did not have much to do with his son's release. I should have left them in jail!' Trump said.

Balls's son LiAngelo, as well as Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou, about 100 miles southwest of Shanghai, on shoplifting charges a day before Trump arrived in China for his Asia tour.

Trump took credit for the release saying he had discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping before tweeting a message to the young men on Thursday.

Freshman LiAngelo Ball was detained along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley almost two weeks ago and returned last week after Trump said he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the incident.

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Sixteen of the arrestees are USA citizens and five have legal status in the United States, the department added. Sixty-four of them illegally crossed the border as unaccompanied alien children, the press release claimed.

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? That's gonna be debated, that's gonna be argued about, but I want to put that on the table: it sure looks like race-baiting to a lot of people".

At a press conference after their return, all three players had individually thanked Trump, and initially, Trump seemed to acknowledge the players' gratitude. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.

LaVar Ball attends week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. "And the reason that these tweets are important is that they are a serious look into his psyche, into what the president cares about". "I'm happy with how things were handled".

On Wednesday, UCLA coach Steve Alford announced the players were suspended indefinitely. I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.

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