Three college basketball players from UCLA were arrested last week after being caught allegedly attempting to shoplift in china. After President Donald Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi during his foreign trip, the players were let go and now the commander in chief is asking for a "thank you."

Trump on China

The presidency of Donald Trump has already become one of the most controversial in American history and he's only been in office for less than a year. Following his upset win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last November, the former host of "The Apprentice" has changed the way Americans look at politics in Washington.

While Trump has routinely engaged in a war of worlds with the majority of the mainstream media, his critics in Hollywood, and other politicians, he's also expressed his anger with professional athletes and the world of sports. Just two months ago, Trump made headlines once again by calling out the NFL and its players for protesting during the playing of the national anthem. In addition, NBA star Stephen Curry announced he had no intention to join his team, the Golden State Warriors, when they visited the White House early next year. In response, Trump blasted Curry on Twitter and pulled back the invitation. Fast forward to this past week while Trump was in China, and he was able to speak to President Xi and have three UCLA basketball players released from jail after they were caught allegedly shoplifting.

As seen on his Twitter account on November 15, Trump wants to be acknowledged.

Taking to Twitter on November 15, Donald Trump addressed the issue of the college basketball players at UCLA, and how he was able to have them released.

"Do you think the three Ucla Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?" the president tweeted while speaking in the third person. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" he added.

The three players in question were freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, who were caught attempted to shoplift at a market in Hangzhou.

Trump addressed the issue just days later, saying that the situation was "unfortunate."

Twitter reacts

In response to Donald Trump's tweet, critics of the president wasted no time firing back. "Don’t you have more important things to worry about, dear leader?" one tweet read.

"No! Furthermore, claim they were innocent and it was all staged to make you look good," another tweet said. "Are people not paying enough attention to you this morning?" an additional tweet noted.

"This is just bizarre, I'm done with this presidency," one Twitter user added. The negative response continued as many Americans were clearly not impressed with Donald Trump helping out the basketball players at UCLA.