President Trump offered some words of advice to the three UCLA basketball players that were arrested for stealing during their visit to China, while also saying “you’re welcome” after they thanked him on Wednesday.
“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!” Trump tweeted early Thursday. “Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”
“I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,” LiAngelo Ball said on Wednesday.
“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” another player, Cody Riley said. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”
“Thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home,” the third player, Jalen Hill, said.
But shortly before their Wednesday afternoon press conference, Trump had questioned where their gratitude was.
“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” the president tweeted.
Fox News reports that President Trump personally asked President Xi to free the college players.
The three players arrived at Los Angeles International airport late Tuesday afternoon, while the rest of their team returned to the U.S. on Saturday.