Trump asks Chinese president for help in resolving UCLA basketball players' case

LiAngelo Ball Arrested In China for Shoplifting ... UCLA Cooperating with Officials

Donald Trump asked the president of China to resolve the LiAngelo Ball shoplifting case

According to the Washington Post, Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for help resolving the case of the three players.

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.

After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, said a USA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. They did not fly home with the team, and ESPN has reported that authorities have surveillance footage and that the players could be required to remain in Hangzhou for a week or two. If convicted on the original charges, the three could get a prison sentence of up to ten years each according to earlier reports.

The White House confirmed in an email to the Washington Post, which first reported Trump's involvement, that the president brought up the issue with Xi.

Ball is the brother of highly-touted L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball - who has become a household name due to his over-the-top promotion of his sons, specifically Lonzo.

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A USA official speaking to Nakamura on the condition of anonymity said that the case is proceeding towards a resolution with reduced charges in the matter.

Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released.

Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested.

The State Department typically handles cases of Americans arrested overseas.

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