Trump has been in a snit ever since three UCLA hoopsters returned to the U.S., where he at first assailed them for not thanking him for helping secure their release and then went after LiAngelo Ball's dad, LaVar, who told ESPN he doubted Trump's role in the matter.
Trump took these comments personally, tweeting, "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME".
While in Asia on a foreign trip at the same time, Trump appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping for their release back to the United States.
The feud between Trump and LaVar Ball ignited after three UCLA basketball players - Ball's son LiAngelo, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley - were arrested for shoplifting from three stores in Hangzhou, China, while the team was overseas, according to USA Today. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" Don't tell me nothing.
Trump tweets about the three players and almost ends any future discussion of the matter with "HAVE A GREAT LIFE!" In an interview with ESPN on Friday he said that "everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", referring to Trump. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him.
"If you help, you shouldn't have to say anything", he said.
LaVar Ball - helped three sons become really good basketball players.
"Not only is it racially coded, and more or less visibly and intentionally, but I think it is also. kind of another way that Trump uses Twitter and other things and sports in particular to distract from other issues", Hartman said. Following the incident, Trump claims to have intervened on the players' behalf to get them released from custody in China and brought back home. After their arrest, the three college basketball players were released on bail but were required to remain in their hotel in China until the legal process was over.
In response to LaVar Ball's comments, Trump tweeted Sunday that he should've left the UCLA players in jail.
We can not tell you how demoralizing it is to have a @potus who jumps to fight LaVar Ball on Twitter, and "gets around" to a Navy aircraft crash a couple hours later.
This post will be updated as the saga continues.