Trump Asks Xi for Help on U.C.L.A. Players Arrested in China

The American president appealed to his Chinese counterpart in the case of the three members of a university basketball team accused of shoplifting.

MANILA — President Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he had appealed to President Xi Jinping of China on behalf of three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles, who were arrested last week in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.“I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Mr. Trump told reporters as he was leaving the Philippines after a 12-day trip to Asia. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do ...