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Sarah Sanders Defends Trump’s UCLA Tweets: ‘Rhetorical Response’ to LaVar Ball Criticism

Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced a great deal of questions today about President Trump‘s tweets on how he should’ve left those three UCLA basketball players in jail in China.

After the three athletes were allowed to return to America last week, LaVar Ball (whose son was among the released) minimized the president’s involvement in securing their freedom. Trump retaliated by calling Ball “very ungrateful” and suggesting that maybe he ought to have left the players to rot in jail for their shoplifting charges.

The three students previously thanked the Trump Administration for their intervention, so Sanders was asked on Monday about why Trump tweeted like that.

Sanders insisted that Trump was actually happy to secure the students’ release, and that it was a “sad thing” Ball didn’t want the president’s help. When she tried to move on, Sanders was asked again about whether Trump really thinks he should’ve left the players in jail.

“It was a rhetorical response to a criticism by the father,” Sanders answered.

Watch above, via CNN.

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