The three U.C.L.A. men’s basketball players who were detained in China admitted on Wednesday that they had shoplifted.
The players returned to the United States on Tuesday after President Trump interceded with President Xi Jinping of China.
Trump is proud of his action. He tweeted about it:
The team says the players had stolen from three stores. The total value of the items taken was $2,200, said Dan Guerrero, U.C.L.A.’s athletic director.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
But if Trump is so willing to step up for criminals what about people who really deserve a break such as Julian Assange or non-violent drug dealers sitting in Federal prison?
So what is it Mr. President, are you a showboat with no foundational principles or are you going to free some people who shouldn't be harassed by the government you run?