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. They were then allowed to leave the country last week after Trump apparently asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to intervene.
Trump took credit for the release saying he had discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping before tweeting a message to the young men on Thursday.
Of all the things LaVar Ball could have said about President Trump, "Who?" was probably the worst.
Following their release, the president initially demanded the UCLA basketball players to thank him publicly for helping to return them home. Like I told him, "They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes".
The President received the thanks of the players at a news conference later that day, where they also apologized for their behavior. "Don't tell me nothing". The trio of players did not return to the United States with their team, and were placed on house arrest at their hotel while the police continued their investigation. Trump said in a tweet. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"
As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine.
Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Stelter this afternoon on how "the way this President prioritizes is very confusing to a lot of people". All three players were suspended from the Bruins basketball team indefinitely.
So although Trump received the praise he seems to have desperately sought from the players, Ball's comments nonetheless triggered a characteristically petulant (and not at all authoritarian) response from the president on Sunday.
Trump, a braggart and reality show star like Ball, did not take kindly to this. I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.