President Donald Trump has once again weighed in on the UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China, tweeting that he should have left them in jail after a player's father questioned how much the president actually had to do with his son's release. "Don't tell me nothing", LaVar Ball told ESPN.
Which somehow manages to both be accurate - Trump was making it a bigger deal - and totally cavalier about committing crimes in foreign countries - shoplifting in China is different than shoplifting in L.A.! "I should have left them in jail!", Trump wrote in a Twitter post.
After the players returned, Trump wondered on Twitter whether they would thank him for his intervention on their behalf. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", LaVar Ball said.
Appearing on MSNBC, a Los Angeles Times writer said he was not surprised that President Donald Trump attacked the father of a UCLA basketball player because the dad is black and Trump likely considers him "uppity".
Those comments apparently prompted Trump's tweet on Sunday.
LaVar Ball had seemingly diminished Trump's role in getting the three players back home when he spoke on the sports network.
In reference to Trump, Ball said to ESPN, "Who?"
LiAngelo and his teammates were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting near the UCLA team's hotel in China, and there were rumors they could spend up to 10 years in prison.
"This is stuff you hear from third world dictators and not from presidents of the United States", he continued.
President Trump arrived in Beijing (as previously scheduled as part of a two-week Asia trip) just a day after the incident occurred and worked with Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure their release.
"Who?" Ball told ESPN on Friday. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.
Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Stelter this afternoon on how "the way this President prioritizes is very confusing to a lot of people".