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Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case in China

Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case in China

They were released early on Wednesday, but are barred from leaving China and confined to a luxury hotel in Hangzhou pending legal proceedings, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

According to The Washington Post, Trump brought up the topic - along with North Korea's nuclear threat and bilateral trade relations - a day after LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families, the UCLA coaching staff and Chinese authorities, a source told the newspaper.

Asked about the trio and Trump's discussing the issue with Xi, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing: "Until now, I have not received any update, so I am unable to provide any further information".

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But they were followed by statements that the actor still had a desire to play the Dark Knight. That being said, contradicting answers only supported the notion that Affleck wanted out.

Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China could be coming home sooner than expected if Chinese President Xi Jinping steps in. The players could reportedly stay in the country for a "week or two". He asked for Xi's help in settling the case quickly and ensuring that the players, all freshmen, were treated fairly, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told The Times. Three players were questioned from each team. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the US days ago.

UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, which the Bruins won 63-30 despite not the three arrested players not participating.

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".


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