Trump Says He Should Have Left American Players to Rot In Chinese Jail

Trump Just Lamented That He Should Have Left American B-Ball Players to Rot In Chinese Jail

Trump wants Americans to be in jail for not praising his ego

Back in early November, there was a story that went under a lot of people’s radars concerning three members of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) basketball team getting arrested in China. As more information came out, it turned out they had been jailed for shoplifting: reminiscent of swimmer Ryan Lochte’s vandalism of a gas station in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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They were released last Tuesday, thanks partially to the efforts of President Trump, who has claimed that he spoke to the Chinese President to get them released. While he asked (and ended up receiving) thanks from all three players, the father of one of them, LaVar Ball, had harsher words to say:

“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.”

Both sides do have a point to an extent. Trump did help secure the release of the athletes, but it was clearly done to boost his poor PR image among the American public (evidenced by his many tweets promoting the incident and demanding a compliment). On the other hand, these three individuals will now be back with their families and not stuck in a Chinese jail.

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Regardless, what followed after was an objectively bad decision: Trump’s tirade on Twitter. Today, Trump decided to attack Ball by making the declaration that he should have never intervened, instead leaving the players to be imprisoned:

Keep in mind, again, that the UCLA athletes did issue a formal thanks to the President for his actions in helping them get released. Of course, with his ego, Trump clearly wanted universal praise from everyone not kissing his feet. A common symptom of narcissism.

Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images and Trump’s Twitter