UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’

President Donald Trump was looking for a thank you — and he got it. At a news conference on Wednesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting expressed their gratitude to Trump for intervening on their behalf — efforts which included a personal appeal to China’s President, Xi Jinping. “To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” said Cody Riley, one of the three arrested players. “We really appreciate you helping us out.” Riley’s sentiment was echoed by the other two Bruins who were implicated — LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill. Ball is the most well-known of the three players, as he is the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — whose hyperbolic promotion of his sons has made him a household name. Continue reading "UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’"

Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’

The three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting have been released, following personal intervention from President Donald Trump — who discussed the topic with China’s President, Xi Jinping. Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball — who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the U.S. with the matter reportedly having been resolved. Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi. “I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump said. “What they did was unfortunate. You are talking about long prison sentences. They dont play games.” Trump appeared to condemn the actions of the three players charged with Continue reading "Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’"

Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China

Last week, three UCLA basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. President Donald Trump is now reportedly stepping in to try to resolve the case. According to the Washington Post, Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping to try to bring closure to the situation. UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill have been forced to remain in China as the rest of their team flew back to the U.S. 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. This past weekend on Saturday Night Live, LaVar, portrayed by Kenan Thompson, was mocked during Weekend Update. According to an ESPN report, LaVar scrapped plans to hold a press conference on the matter due Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China"

Trump ‘Appreciates’ China Over North Korea in Passive-Aggressive Tweet: ‘At Least I Know China Tried!’

President Donald Trump took to his favored social media platform on Tuesday to note that while he “greatly appreciate[s] the efforts of President Xi and China to help with North Korea,” attempts to cool relations between the U.S. and the hermit kingdom have “not worked out.” The tweet appears to be something of a passive aggressive jab at China and its president, Xi Jinping, who in the first months of Trump’s presidency was working with the White House to address an increasingly belligerent North Korea. Xi met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in April, and the two leaders appeared to develop a good rapport, despite U.S. officials criticizing Beijing for not putting Continue reading "Trump ‘Appreciates’ China Over North Korea in Passive-Aggressive Tweet: ‘At Least I Know China Tried!’"

Trump Has Changed at Least Three Major Positions After World Leaders Explained Them to Him

Donald-Trump-in-Jan-interview-via-ABC-News A number of reports out Wednesday claimed President Donald Trump was considering an executive order to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump, who has repeatedly lambasted the agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico as “catastrophic”, reversed course Thursday, agreeing to renegotiate the deal after speaking with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. During a presser in Canada, Trudeau responded to questions from reporters on what led to Trump’s decision to stick with the trade deal, implying that all it took was explaining to the president the simple consequences of pulling out: According to The Record, a Canadian newspaper, Trudeau told Trump that NAFTA had in fact Continue reading "Trump Has Changed at Least Three Major Positions After World Leaders Explained Them to Him"