Donald Trump is a pathological liar.
It was a nice gesture for him to ask President XI to look into LiAngelo & the UCLA players case, but the facts are the case was already resolved by the time Trump got involved.
The assertion if not for him the players would have spent 5-10 years in jail has been proven to be ludicrous and classic Trump, who always wants to credit for things he had little to do with.
President Trump has suggested that he saved three American college basketball players, who had been detained in China for shoplifting, from prison terms as long as a decade.
But experts say the players for the U.C.L.A. team, who were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, probably would have been released even if Mr. Trump had not raised the case with President Xi Jinping during a visit this month to Beijing.
Shoplifting is considered a relatively minor crime in China, and foreigners convicted of minor crimes are often deported rather than given prison sentences.
“It’s nonsense,” Fu Hualing, a law professor at the University of Hong Kong, said of Mr. Trump’s assertion that his intervention was solely responsible for the athletes’ release. “I would be surprised if they were even prosecuted.”
ESPN’s Arash Markazi who was in China reported much of the same.
Flip the pages for those tweets showing LaVar was telling the Trump and Donald Trump was lying. Along with the best LaVar quotes from when he was on CNN.
I know facts get lost in a story about tweets but I really wish news outlets would stop saying the UCLA players were in jail or freed from jail. This is the hotel they were at for a week. They weren’t even under “house arrest.” They were free to leave the hotel if they wanted to. pic.twitter.com/IwSuhqVYcK
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 22, 2017