Donald Trump Wants a Thank You From the UCLA Basketball Shoplifters

Passports in hand, these guys are ready!

LiAngelo, Cody, Jalen & Kris. #GoBruins #UCLAinChina

— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) November 4, 2017

In a total shocker, President Donald Trump wants a pat on the back for getting disgraced UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill out of China after allegedly shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store. I know, I know. Total shocker coming from POTUS — the man is usually low key and goes about his presidential business without much drama.

Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017

The man does have a point. There should probably be some sort of acknowledgment from the “UCLA 3” given that they weren’t charged at all for their crime and got to skate free. POTUS implied on Tuesday they were guilty of something (via The LA Times):

“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump said. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. … They do not play games” in China.

Trump credited Xi with assisting in the matter, saying the Chinese leader “has been terrific on that subject. But that was not a good subject. That was not something that should have happened.”

Update: Cody Riley thanks Trump.

"To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf," UCLA basketball player Cody Riley says

— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 15, 2017

The UCLA 3’s arrival back to the states:

Press scrum relentless as UCLA players, including LiAngelo Ball, arrive after being released by Chinese authorities

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 15, 2017