November 15, 2017

Trump uses “art of the deal” to secure release of UCLA basketball players

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

There was good news for UCLA basketball fans after three athletes detained in China for allegedly shoplifting from a store in Hangzhou while on an early season tour, were released and arrived home at LAX safe and sound. 

The trio included LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of LA Lakers 2017 first round pick, Lonzo Ball.

The fact that a member of the Ball family was caught up in this brought attention to the matter, but the timing of the shoplifting incident, which occurred the day before President Trump arrived in China for meetings with President Xi, may have made the biggest difference.

With China’s very strict criminal justice system, a matter which may result in a slap on the wrist back home, could result in serious jail time instead.

That likely would have been the case here due to the high value of the goods allegedly stolen and the fact that China’s justice system has a near perfect conviction rate.

These athletes could have been facing up to ten years in jail. 

Enter President Trump.

Watch as I show you how the President secured the release of these three student athletes, using the "Art of the Deal", which was far more effective than all the efforts of professionals at the State Department would have been.

There was no wasting time with diplomats or using “official channels”, and with that, Trump did these young "knuckleheads" a real favour.

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commented 2017-11-16 15:42:28 -0500
Class. Trump shows over and over again his commitment to the American People, even these 3 miscreants!

Meanwhile, in Canada Jihadi Justin dreams of new taxes while pursuing his traitorous agenda…………..
commented 2017-11-16 04:01:43 -0500
Excellent suggestion Keith and Helen… They were still looking non-contrite when forced to read their short apologies at the press conference… What they will say, or how they do act in the coming days will speak volumes as to their real character… I personally think a few months in a Chinese jail would have done wonders in really preparing them for life…
commented 2017-11-16 00:45:16 -0500
The saying goes… can take the boys from the hood but ya can’t take the hood out of the boys.
commented 2017-11-15 23:58:07 -0500
When they get back home they should have to do something in the community with victims of crime for example. Deliver meals on wheels, help with disabled kids, something to pay back for their good fortune.
commented 2017-11-15 22:42:15 -0500
I love Donald Trump. I just found out my great Aunt’s name was Melania. Maybe we’re related!
commented 2017-11-15 22:05:25 -0500
Space Moose, go back to the report. He didn’t send a diplomat to investigate, he didn’t turn it into an international incident. He handled it himself with good results.
commented 2017-11-15 21:56:23 -0500
I can’t think of what you would want to shoplift in China you can’t find at Walmart.
commented 2017-11-15 21:51:30 -0500
Typical spoiled, arrogant, entitled and smug athletes.

Stealing while on an international tour – should have left them there for at least a year.

commented 2017-11-15 21:29:05 -0500
I don’t see any elements of art of the deal here. Trump just asked, that’s all.
commented 2017-11-15 18:57:48 -0500
Great report Christopher.