Trump Hopes Swift Return of UCLA Players Detained in China

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China

All three individually thanked Trump, who spoke personally to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the players' case.

"I didn't exercise my best judgment and I was wrong for that", he said. "This is a very big deal... members of our family have displayed an appalling lack of honor, lack of respect, lack of decency..." "They let a lot people down in the process". They also had to pay a $2,200 bail, surrender their passports, and agree to travel restrictions, according to UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

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. However, a source told ESPN that there is surveillance video showing them also possibly shoplifting items from two more stores in the same high-end shopping center that houses Louis Vuitton. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and spoken with UCLA Coach Steve Alford, and Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, the official added. It had initially be reported that the players were suspected of stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton.

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai.

The Times will bring you details of what was said at the news conference as soon as possible. The university - not Chinese police - required them to remain at the hotel in Hangzhou, he said.

The case is almost a conclusion and indications are that charges against the three players will be reduced.

Gene Block, UCLA chancellor, said the incident was still being reviewed by the university, although he was pleased they had been able to rejoin their families.

He said he took "full responsibility for the mistake that I've made: shoplifting", and that his actions went "beyond me letting my school down, but I've let my country down". "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared".

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