A few weeks ago, three UCLA basketball players were arrested in China after being accused of shoplifting from luxury stores while on a trip to the foreign country. President Donald Trump asked China's president Xi Jinping to release the players last week while on a trip in Asia, which he granted. But instead of humbly accepting praise for his handling of the situation, Trump now says he wished he'd never helped release them
The controversy began last week the day after the players were released from China. Trump implied in the tweet that the players weren't going to thank him:
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
Later that day, the players held a news conference along with members from the university, all of whom thanked President Trump for his involvement.
But the story continued last Friday when ESPN asked LaVar Ball, the father of one of the arrested players and a well-known figure in the media, who said the following when asked about Trump's role in freeing his son:
"Who?" Ball said. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
Instead of ignoring Ball's antics like most of the sport media have done, Trump took the bait and tweeted out that he wished he'd left the UCLA players in Chinese prison.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
So the President of the United States of America said he should've left U.S. citizens in foreign jail because one guy who loves to drum up media controversy questioned his antics.
If Trump had simply been gracious and said, "I'm glad the UCLA basketball players have returned," he probably would've been showered with praise from the media who's waiting to find any reason to prove he's not a complete lunatic. Instead he became incredibly petty and took one of the few successes from his presidency and turned it into further proof that he's incapable of acting like a leader.
Or maybe he knows the players would've been released without his help and he's desperately trying to pretend like he did something.