A US official told the Washington Post that Xi promised Trump he would look into the case and make sure the players would be treated fairly.
After Trump raised the matter with the Chinese president, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation told the Washington Post.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to The Post that Trump raised the matter with Xi. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the US were in contact over the matter. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.
Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week. Three players were questioned from each team.
Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.
LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.
The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.