President Trump replied to a tweet by a Washington Post reporter who penned a column criticizing the comments the president has made about prominent African Americans who have leveled criticisms against him early Thursday morning. The president tweeted his infamous campaign trail slogan again minutes later in a regular tweet.
The White House has not responded to ABC News' request for clarification on whether the president meant to send the tweet. "Just think.", Trump tweeted.
"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", he wrote.
That was the context of Trump's day-before-Thanksgiving tweets. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!"
From the outset of the arrest, officials with UCLA and the U.S. State Department were attending to the matter, which also had the attention of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which sponsored the game that brought the UCLA Men's basketball team to China.
"It wasn't like he was in the US and said, 'Okay, there's three kids in China, I need to go over there and get them, '" Ball said.
During an interview, when the father of one of the players was asked about Trump's role in bringing his son back to the USA, the father responded "Who?" That wasn't the thought process, right? "You want me to thank you?" said Ball.
Trump's biographer and former ghostwriter aren't the only ones to have noticed this trend of the president's.
The president included: "Wash, you might have spent Thanksgiving for the next 5-10 years with your son inside China, with no National Basketball Association contract to back you up". "Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair", Trump tweeted this week.
UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family - including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball - has become well-known in the sports world.