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Report: UCLA players were freed in China before Trump intervention

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A new ESPN report reveals that President Trump and his administration did not have the impact originally believed on the release of three UCLA basketball players from China after a shoplifting incident.

Why it matters: Trump tweeted about his impact several times in November when the players returned to the U.S, at one point saying, "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department...IT WAS ME." But per ESPN, the players had already been released on bail and given their passports, and told they were free to leave the country three days after the rest of their team.