It's not clear whether his response to Sargent was intentional, though it may indicate that the president was at least aware of Sargent's criticism.
President Donald Trump smiles during the introduction of his Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen in the East Room of the White House in Washington, October 12, 2017.
In his opinion column published by the Post, Sargent offers a searing critique of what he identifies as Trump's pattern of criticizing prominent African Americans who have publicly taken issue with him as a way to rally to his largely white base.
The latest in the media tennis match occurred early Wednesday morning (Nov. 22) when President Trump angrily responded to LaVar Ball's well-received interview on CNN in which he questioned why the President is even feuding with him in the first place, saying "why are we talking about this with all these political matters going on in the world?"
"It's not like he was in the USA and said, OK, there's three kids in China, I need to go over there and get them?"
He is not the father of a basketball player recently allowed to leave China after being charged with shoplifting, reportedly after Trump intervened.
That was the context of Trump's day-before-Thanksgiving tweets.
From the outset of the arrest, officials with UCLA and the U.S. State Department were attending to the matter, which also had the attention of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which sponsored the game that brought the UCLA Men's basketball team to China. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" Tony Schwartz, a frequent critic of the president who has said he regrets writing the 1987 book that helped sale Trump's reputation as a successful business magnate, made his remarks after Trump attacked this week the father of a college basketball player. "That wasn't the thought process".
Var, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no National Basketball Association contract to support you. "You want me to thank you?" said Ball.
"After comparing the ungrateful Ball to Don King, the colorful former boxing promoter and Trump supporter, the president continued: "...
"You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. It's a really big deal, especially in China", he wrote.