President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in Hangzhou, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The White House confirmed in an email to the Post that Trump brought up the issue with Xi.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the Post reported that Trump raised the issue during his meeting with Xi last week in Beijing. Xi promised Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, according to the Post.

Ball and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned Tuesday about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Saturday. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and have been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since then.