The president accused LaVar Ball, the father of one of the players, of being "unaccepting" of Trump's personal intervention in the matter.
"I should have left them in jail!" he added.
While there, he and two of his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, stole some sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, among other items from other stores.
Trump has said he raised the players' detention with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the leaders' recent meeting in Beijing.
That question, of course, was in response to the president demanding credit for "freeing" three UCLA players. I want to put it on the table.
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LaVar Ball had seemingly diminished Trump's role in getting the three players back home when he spoke on the sports network.
The players apologized and thanked the president for his involvement during a press conference last week. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A.
"To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking time to intervene on our behalf", Riley said, according to The New York Times. Trump said on Twitter Sunday morning.
The UCLA players were on a team trip to China to play a game against Georgia Tech when they were arrested on November 7 on suspicion of stealing a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store as well as items from two other high-end stores near the team hotel in Hangzhou.
"Who?" Ball told ESPN on Friday. They have been indefinitely suspended from the team.
Previously, we speculated that it was possible Trump wanted to hear a "thank you" not just from the basketball players, but also from the unapologetic LaVar Ball himself.