Nov 15, 2017

Trump got his thank you from UCLA players

UCLA basketball players Cody Riley, left, LiAngelo Ball, right, and Jalen Hill, background center, are surrounded by the media as they leave the Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: Jae C. Hong / AP

The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week thanked President Trump, during a press conference Wednesday, for his help in getting them home. Their coach, Steve Alford, also stated that the boys are suspended indefinitely while the university reviews their case.

Hours ago, Trump tweeted: "Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!

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