Of all of the things President Trump could be concerned about, he has decided to use his political power to help three UCLA students accused of larceny, get home from China.
As we all know, during a school trip, LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were allegedly caught shoplifting last week. The three freshmen were questioned about Louis Vuitton sunglasses they were accused of swiping.
They were later arrested and faced some serious charges. As CNN pointed out, to be found guilty of grand larceny in China means a potential prison sentence of three to ten years!
TEN YEARS FOR A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES!!!
Well...guess when Trump heard about this news, he decided to personally call Chinese President Xi Jinping in hopes that he would help the players.
Trump emphasized that it was a “very, very rough situation, with what happened to them.” He added: “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”
According to the Washington Post, President Xi promised to look into the charges and ensure that the players are treated fairly.
Ironically, UCLA's trip coincided with Trump's two-day state visit to the Chinese capital, Beijing.
We're sure the young men were relieved, given that the rest of the team had already gone home, leaving them behind to deal with these legal charges. But now, thanks to Trump we assume, Ball, Riley and Hill are finally leaving China to return to the U.S., says the New York Times.
Clearly, folks back at home are grateful to the President.
“The three U.C.L.A. men’s basketball student-athletes involved in the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China, are on a flight back home to Los Angeles,” the Pac-12, the athletics conference to which the university belongs, said in a statement, adding that “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”
“We want to thank the president, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution,” the statement said, after the release of the players from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Look...what these kids did was REALLY DUMB! You cannot go to a country with a strict government that won't even allow its citizens to have Internet and think you can go there and act a fool and get away with it.
CHINA IS NOT A GAME!
We really hope these young men have learned their lesson. But let's not be too quick to celebrate Trump either. He's accomplished virtually nothing in the past year and we have a sneaking suspicion that he's using these boys as a way to brag about how influential and powerful he is.
Sir, get a bill passed here first. Thanks.