Trump reveals that he would consider intervening in the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and placing her for FREE as part of a broader trade agreement to reduce the increasing tensions with China, amid national security issues
- The president reportedly reported that Wanzhou's release could be part of a broader trade agreement with China during an interview with Reuters on Tuesday
- When asked if he would intervene at the Department of Justice in her case, Trump said: "What is good for this country, I would do & # 39;
- The report came just after a Canadian judge Wanzhou had granted US $ 7.4 million bail
- Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December and is facing extradition to the US.
- Her release on bail is expected to calm Chinese officials, angry with her arrest
Megan Sheets for Dailymail.com
President Donald Trump said he would consider intervening in the case of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou if this would benefit international relations and help the US to sign a trade agreement with China.
Wanzhou received a guarantee of C $ 10 million (US $ 7.4 million) by a Canadian judge on Tuesday evening. She was arrested in Vancouver earlier this month and was awaiting a hearing on extradition to the US.
After breaking news about the release of the 46-year-old, the president indicated that the move – which is expected to calm down angry Chinese officials – could be part of a broader trade agreement with China.
When asked if he would intervene at the Department of Justice in her case, Trump said to Reuters: "What is good for this country, I would do.
& # 39; If I think it is right for what will surely be the biggest trade deal ever – which is very important – which is good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary. & # 39;
Trump also said that the White House spoke with the Justice Department about the case, as well as Chinese officials.
& # 39; They have not called me yet. They talk to my people. But they have not called me yet, "he said when asked if he spoke to the Chinese president Xi Jinping about the matter.
President Donald Trump (left) has said he would consider intervening in Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou case (right) if it would help the US to sign a trade agreement with China. A Canadian judge granted $ 7.4 million bail to Wanzhou, 46, on Tuesday in the British Columbia District Court. She was arrested on December 1 and faced with US accusations that she had misled multinational banks about transactions in Iran, causing banks to risk violating US sanctions
Wanzhou is facing US accusations that it has misled multinational banks over transactions in Iran, causing banks to violate US sanctions.
Justice William Ehrcke at a court session in Vancouver, British Columbia, gave Tuesday a deposit to Meng, on condition that she agrees to carry a single monitor, to surrender her passports and stay in Vancouver.
The courtroom applauded when the judge lost bail. Wanzhou began to cry and hugged her lawyers before being sent back to the prison box for more clues from the judge. She was instructed to appear in court again on 6 February.
Justice William Ehrcke of the Supreme Court of British Columbia (seen at the top left) has bail to Wanzhou (right in the green) on condition that she hands over her two passports, agrees to carry a single monitor and stay in Vancouver and her suburbs under a court of law. awarded curfew
Huawei, which makes smartphones and network devices, said in a statement that it looks forward to a "timely solution". on the House.
"We are confident that the Canadian and American legal systems will draw a fair conclusion," he said, adding that it complies with all the laws and regulations where it operates.
China had threatened serious consequences unless Canada immediately released Wanzhou.
A Canadian citizen has been detained in China, Canada said Tuesday. The Canadian government said it did not see an explicit link with the Huawei case, but analysts predicted retaliation from Beijing.
Two sources told Reuters that the arrested person was former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig.
Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada & # 39; s former ambassador to China, asked by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. whether the Kovrig detention was coincidental, said: & # 39; In China there are no coincidences … If they want you a message they will send you a message. & # 39;
Wanzhou was detained on December 1 as part of an investigation in the US when it was changing aircraft in Vancouver.
The arrest has colonized markets because of the fear that this will be the US-China tensions in trade negotiations, of which both parties have agreed, to be entered into on 1 March.
The US Department of State is considering a travel advice for China, two sources said Tuesday.
Former Canadian diplomat working for an NGO is being held in China & # 39; amid growing tensions between Beijing, Washington and Ottawa over arrested executive Huawei
A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, two sources said on Tuesday and his current employer, the International Crisis Group, said it was looking for a quick and safe release.
Michael Kovrig's detention comes after the police in Canada on 1 December arrested the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in China at the request of the US authorities, a movement that made Beijing furious.
It was not immediately clear whether the cases were related, but the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver shocked the fear of reprisals against foreign business in China.
"International Crisis Group is aware of reports that its Northeast Asian senior adviser, Michael Kovrig, has been detained in China," said the think tank in a statement.
& # 39; We do everything we can to collect additional information about Michael's whereabouts and his quick and safe release & # 39 ;, he added.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Public Security did not immediately respond to questions previously faxed about the detention of Kovrig.
The precise reason for the detention was not immediately clear.
The Canadian Embassy declined to comment and referred to Ottawa.
Calls to the Kovrig phones were not answered.
Kovrig, a Mandarin speaker, has been working as a full-time expert for the International Crisis Group since February 2017.
From 2003 to 2016 he worked as a diplomat with stints in Beijing and Hong Kong, according to his profile on LinkedIn.