[Ed. – The press is hostile to this president.]
Three University of California at Los Angeles basketball players are back home in the United States today after being detained for about a week in China for alleged shoplifting. President Donald Trump’s intervention on their behalf with Chinese President Xi Jinping led to their release.
Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, were facing the Chinese legal system and the possibility of several years in prison after being charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store during a team trip to China. The three men were released from jail and detained in their Hangzhou hotel in what some saw as a goodwill gesture as Trump arrived. They were back home Tuesday after Trump and Xi had what the president called a “great conversation.”
This story was not afforded the ESPN and national news orgy of congratulations it would have occasioned had President Obama gotten three basketball players out of an authoritarian state with relative ease.