President Trump said the media and the National Basketball Association are both “bought” from China on Thursday during a telephone interview on Fox Business Network’s “Morning with Maria.”
“No one has been tougher on China or Russia, or anyone else, than I am, despite a media that has been bought from China, much more than Russia,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo.
WOLF BLITZER WOLF BLERZER SHOULD TM MENIXHINI CHINA NEED LENGTHY INTERVIEW WITH NBA COMMISSIONER
“Sometimes you notice, they always say, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,̵7; they do not mention ‘China, China, China,’ because most of these people, as you see the NBA, they were bought from China,” Trump said. China is, you know, the big pot of gold. “
The NBA and China have a unique and mysterious relationship that has made headlines several times in recent memory. Houston Rocket general manager Daryl Morey put the spotlight on the relationship last year by sending a tweet since the deletion, pro-Hong Kong resulting in Chinese state-run TV rejecting air games, even though the Rockets are extremely known there because the franchise was the home of Chinese basketball legend Yao Ming.
The situation became even more bizarre when some high-profile NBA players, including LeBron James, who is usually open to social justice issues in America, refused to speak ill of China or defend Morey’s free speech. .
NBA TRAINING ACADEMIES IN CHINA PLAYED WITH HUMAN RIGHTS DISTRIBUTION: REPORT
Criticism of the NBA’s ties to China was renewed a few months later when it was revealed that customers were barred from ordering custom clothing that read “Free Hong Kong” at its online store.
Last month, ESPN reported that human rights abuses occurred at NBA training academies in China. The bomb report showed that new participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided with proper education.
“China is a big problem and I made it a much smaller problem,” Trump said before running in the 2020 presidential election.
CLICK HERE TG ALL APP FOX NEWS
Trump has not specified which media he thinks are “bought from China.” A CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer had a lengthy interview with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver but ignored the controversial basketball league ties to China.
Just two hours after ESPN conducted its report, Silver appeared in the “Situation Room” and was not asked about the explosive exhibition and received zero questions about the league’s relationship with China altogether.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.