A US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Post that Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, adding that the charges against the three players have been reduced and that the case is moving toward a resolution.
Last week, the trio were arrested for stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton and then it was later revealed they stole from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores as well.
Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing. The Post cited an official who indicated charges against the players have been reduced and the case is close to resolution.
The three players remain in China and could be required to stay there for the next couple of weeks. The president's chief of staff John Kelly has also been in contact with the players' families as well as the team's coach.
The State Department typically handles cases of Americans arrested overseas. The two leaders discussed North Korea's nuclear threat, bilateral trade relations and a host of other issues.
Once the UCLA basketball players' legal cases are resolved and they return to the United States, Trump likely will tell the world about his role in accelerating the timeline for their release.
Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions.