Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and spoken with UCLA coach Steve Alford, and Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, the official added. After Trump's entreaties, Jinping reportedly said he would look into it and make sure the players were treated fairly and expeditiously.
According to Nakamura, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to him via email that Trump personally reached out to Jinping.
According to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ball, Riley and Hill might serve the "house arrest" punishment at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech players had been staying ahead of their season-opener in Shanghai.
The trio are now staying at hotel in Hangzhou with a UCLA team representative, and they're required to stay there until the legal process is over, which could take several weeks.
Surveillance video of the players appeared to show them shoplifting from stores inside of the high-end shopping complex including Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. The Post cited an official who indicated charges against the players have been reduced and the case is close to resolution. Hangzhou, China, police arrested the three Bruins last week on shoplifting charges, and they didn't fly home with the rest of the team.
UCLA returned to the United States on Saturday without the three freshmen, sources told Markazi.