White House: Trump didn’t mean what he said about leaving UCLA players in Chinese jail

President Trump had tweeted that he “should have left them in jail!” referring to the UCLA players who were arrested in China. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via Bloomberg)

At a briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Trump was merely making a “rhetorical response to a criticism” by LaVar Ball when he tweeted of Ball’s son LiAngelo and two UCLA teammates that he “should have left them in jail” in China. Sanders repeatedly claimed that Trump was “happy to intervene” on the players’ behalf.

“I think it was less about the players than the father of one of the Americans really seemed to have a problem with it,” Sanders said. “Frankly, it didn’t seem like the father wanted the president to intervene, which I think would have been a sad thing if he hadn’t, most likely.”

On Sunday, Trump tweeted the following: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

A few hours later, he added this comment: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail),

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/11/20/white-house-trump-didnt-mean-what-he-said-about-leaving-ucla-players-in-chinese-jail/

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