Trump Wishes He Had Left UCLA Players in Jail Until His Next China Visit: ‘Very Ungrateful!’


In a Sunday night Twitterstorm, President Donald Trump suggested he regrets getting the UCLA basketball players out of their potential jail sentence in China after the father of student athlete LiAngelo Ball acted “very ungrateful.”

“Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!” Tweeted the president.

The latest — and arguably most extreme — of Trump’s Twitter attacks toward the Ball family follow other comments in which he demanded the UCLA players thank him for helping them get out of China after they allegedly shoplifted from a Louis Vuitton store. Additionally, he tweeted earlier today on the matter, saying, “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!”

That tweet was triggered by LaVar Ball shrugging off Trump’s involvement in helping his son be freed from China by saying “Who?” when asked about the president. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” he added.

Despite LiAngelo Ball and his two accused teammates thanking the president for helping them escape the incident, his father’s comments apparently angered the president enough to say he should have left the student athletes “in jail.”

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