You had to see this coming.
A day after it was announced that three UCLA black basketball players were released from being detained in their hotel in China, after President Donald Trump intervened on their behalf, a rapper has poured cold water on the positive story.
Lil Yachty, who apparently fancies himself as an international relations expert, believes that the president had nothing to do with the release of the three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill.
“F**k Donald Trump, bro. Nobody give a f**k about Donald Trump,” the rapper told TMZ Sports. “It’s money, bro — you got money, you can get outta anything.”
Except, according to the statement by UCLA, it had nothing to do with Ball’s bank account and everything to do with the president.
“We want to thank the president, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution,” it read.
But perhaps world renowned diplomat Lil Yachty knows more than UCLA, and even the New York Times who published a story titled “How Trump Helped Liberate U.C.L.A. ‘Knuckleheads’ From China.”
When asked about those thanking President Trump for helping the players, Yachty said, of the President of the United States, “F**k that ni**a.”
The rapper’s comments come after many noticed that the mainstream media conspicuously did not tout the fact that the president was involved in their release.
Many on social media believed it was because acknowledging the president’s help would destroy the racist president narrative that has been crafted.
But the president was instrumental in helping the players, as White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly confirmed to the Times.
“Our president said to (Chinese President) Xi, ‘Do you know anything about these knuckleheads that got caught allegedly stealing?’” Kelly told the Times, adding that Xi was not aware of the situation and requested one of his aides get him more information. “The president was saying, ‘It’s not too serious. We’d love to see this taken care of in an expeditious way,’” Kelly added.
Kelly said it was the president, and State Department, that helped get the charges reduced to what were the equivalent of misdemeanors which allowed them to be released.
The three players, who were accused of attempting to shoplift from a Louis Vuitton store, were “very apologetic,” according to Kelly.
“They were just profuse in their apologies for embarrassing the country and embarrassing the team,” he said.
President Trump did not address the situation at the time and did not issue any tweets, but did talk to reporters about it when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday.
“I will tell you, when I heard about it two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi,” he said. “He was terrific, and they’re working on it right now. And hopefully everything is going to work out.”
Kelly and the president both pointed out that the students could have faced stiff punishment.
“These are law and order guys; they have pretty swift justice,” Kelly said.
“You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences,” the president added.
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