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"Okay, now say, 'Thank you, President Trump'."

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2017 at 6:25 AM
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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/11/19/politics/trump-response-lavar-ball/index.html

President Donald Trump on Sunday shot back at Lavar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested in China, for belittling the President's role in the students' release.

"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," Trump tweeted. "I should have left them in jail!"

Later Sunday evening, the President tweeted again, saying, "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!"

Days after Trump touted his involvement in the release of three students who were arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, Ball suggested the President had little to do with the matter.

"Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's role in the situation. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

How this all began

LiAngelo Ball, along with two other players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested last week on suspicion of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store while their team was in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Trump had said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene in the case.
On Wednesday, Trump issued a call for gratitude from the players.

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

The President received the thanks of the players at a news conference later that day, where they also apologized for their behavior. Trump later issued a follow-up message to the students on Thursday, wishing them a "great life."

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.

A 'wannabe' coach

The war of words continued Saturday following Ball's statement to ESPN when Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, fired back at Ball on his personal Twitter account, saying Ball's son would be in China without the President's assistance.
"Wannabe @Lakers coach, BIG MOUTH @Lavarbigballer knows if it weren't for President @realDonaldTrump, his son would be in China for a long, long, long time! #FACT," Scavino wrote.

LaVar Ball told ESPN he was happy to have his son back, and also seemed to downplay his alleged crime.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," he said. "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.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses."

All three players have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely.
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Debmomto2teens
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 6:36 AM
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Trump is seriously a man child. Who throws a temper tantrum and insists on a thank you?

That’s like donating a lot of money and insisting on naming a building after you.... tacky.
SlightlyPerfect
by Babushka Blockparty on Nov. 20, 2017 at 6:38 AM
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It's the art of the deal.
Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 6:58 AM
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Quoting AllofFive19:LaVar Ball told ESPN he was happy to have his son back, and also seemed to downplay his alleged crime. "As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," he said. "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.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses."

And of course, what's not seen as a big deal in Los Angeles, will not be seen as a big deal crime elsewhere?

He's a fool.

msb64
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:24 AM
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I know it will never happen, but just once I would love to see Trump walk away from a poke.  

Also, why did Trump reply to one of his own tweets about Ball with a tweet about "Flake(y)"?  He comes across on twitter as a little unhinged.

cgd5112
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:36 AM
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I’m happy the players are back home. I’m also happy Trump used his influence to get them out. Who knows if their fate would’ve been just like Otto Warmbier’s.

I think Trump did a great thing in getting the players home. I don’t care if his intent was for praise, adoration, ... whatever.

That said... geez .... just once, walk away! If he just did that, people would not focus on his stupid tweets and probably defend and praise him.
niceandhappy
by Silver Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:37 AM
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If my child was detained in a foreign country, facing prosecution, and the president was instrumental in getting him released, I'd sure as hell thank him profusely and not act like an ungrateful ass. With a father like that, no wonder the son is an entitled brat!

Do I think Trump handled it stupidly, by demanding a Thank You? YES! But if they had not thanked him (the press conference was obviously a scripted Thank You. All 3 players said the same thing) their true character would've come through. Politics shouldn't matter.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:38 AM
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The Social Media Director for the President of the United States called someone who disagreed with the President a “wannabe” and a “big mouth” online. This is our new America.
Sweet_Faith
by Gold Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:42 AM
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This father while condoning his son's actions is an ungrateful jerk and a lousy father. If it wasn't for the President his son would still be in jail in a foreign country. I would think that any decent parent would be very grateful regardless of how they feel about the president.
coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:45 AM
I agree!

Quoting cgd5112: I’m happy the players are back home. I’m also happy Trump used his influence to get them out. Who knows if their fate would’ve been just like Otto Warmbier’s.

I think Trump did a great thing in getting the players home. I don’t care if his intent was for praise, adoration, ... whatever.

That said... geez .... just once, walk away! If he just did that, people would not focus on his stupid tweets and probably defend and praise him.
MonarchMom22
by Bronze Member on Nov. 20, 2017 at 7:54 AM
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How do you know their "true character" ??  The young men who were detained thanked the President publically.  No one else needs to get involved.  It seems the father is not part of this equation until the President choose to get him involved with Tweets and start an argument.

Presidents, diplomats, Senators, Congressman and many other government employees intervene on behalf of US Citizens all the time.  They don't demand thanks, it is thier job to aid citizens.


Quoting niceandhappy:

If my child was detained in a foreign country, facing prosecution, and the president was instrumental in getting him released, I'd sure as hell thank him profusely and not act like an ungrateful ass. With a father like that, no wonder the son is an entitled brat!

Do I think Trump handled it stupidly, by demanding a Thank You? YES! But if they had not thanked him (the press conference was obviously a scripted Thank You. All 3 players said the same thing) their true character would've come through. Politics shouldn't matter.


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