'I should have left them in jail': Trump
President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail.
Trump's tweet on Sunday came after the father of player LiAngelo Ball minimised Trump's involvement in winning the players' release in comments to ESPN.
"Who?" LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."Map Europe should worry about
Trump has said he raised the players' detention with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the leaders' recent meeting in Beijing.
The players returned to the US last week. They have been indefinitely suspended from the team.
"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. I should have left them in jail!" Trump said.SKorea, US, Japan hold anti-missile drill
"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.'
"I'm from LA. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him," he said.