President Trump told Reuters he would intervene in the case against an arrested Huawei executive if it would help get a trade deal with China. His statement connecting the high stakes U.S.-China trade talks to the arrest in Canada of Huawei’s CFO could complicate a case already being cast in China as a politically motivated ploy by the U.S.
Meng Wanzhou, who is also the eldest daughter of Huawei’s founder, was arrested earlier this month in Canada on the behest of U.S. authorities in connection to violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran. She was released on bail Tuesday while she awaits extradition hearings. The arrest has sparked widespread outrage in China, fed by state-controlled media which has called Canada’s actions “lawless, unreasonable and callous.”