A big petulant baby. That’s who America elected president.

Submitted for evidence of that opinion, the latest tweet from Donald Trump:

President Trump is referring, of course, to the father one of the three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while on a trip to China when President Trump was in the middle of his Asia sojourn recently. After their arrest in China, Trump took credit for intervening with Chinese President Xi Jinping to have them freed and returned to the U.S.

Naturally, he did not do it quietly and discretely.

Once LiAngelo Ball and the other two players were back in America, they held a press conference where they did succumb to the President’s heavy-handed suggestion and thanked him for his role in securing their release.

Trump didn’t accept the thanks quietly either.

Perhaps that’s who he should have asked them to thank to begin with, and perhaps Trump should have tweeted out thanks to President Xi himself, rather than ask the players to thank himself for their release, but there’s no accounting for class.

The senior Mr. Ball certainly doesn’t see the need to thank Trump. On an appearance on ESPN, he was asked about the President’s involvement in the release of his son and had this to say:

“Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” Ball said. “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 L.A. 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. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things, and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”
Trump was obviously furious over the perceived lack of gratitude on LaVar Ball’s part and responded with his spiteful tweet. Meanwhile, LiAngelo Ball and his two sticky-fingered teammates have been suspended indefinitely from the UCLA basketball team as punishment for their actions.

The real question remains, of course: doesn’t Trump have anything better to do with his time than fight petty feuds publically? Shouldn’t he be busy governing the country or at least conferring with his defense attorneys over the multiple allegations of sexual assault, treason, and emoluments?

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