Canada warns Trump: Huawei extradition shouldn't be ‘politicized’

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland cautioned the Trump administration Friday against seeking to leverage the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou. 

“Canada understands the rule of law and extradition ought not ever to be politicized or used as tools to resolve other issues,” she told reporters after meeting with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoForeign Relations Democrat calls on Iran to release other American prisoners Documentary groups challenge Trump administration's vetting of immigrants' social media Iran releases American graduate student in prisoner swap MORE and Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court MORE


Her comments referred to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE’s suggestion this week he may get involved in Meng’s case if it would improve negotiations with China over Washington and Beijing’s trade war.

“Whatever’s good for this country, I would do,” Trump said Tuesday. “If I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made — which is a very important thing — what’s good for national security — I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”

Meng, the CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, was arrested earlier this month by Canadian authorities and faces extradition to the U.S. She has been accused of violating trade sanctions against Iran.

Meng was granted bail on Tuesday by a Canadian judge and will remain in Canada while she faces extradition proceedings.

“The detention of Ms. Meng was not a political decision on Canada's part,” Freeland said. “For Canada, this is a question of living up to our international treaty obligations and following the rule of law.”

China has retaliated by arresting two Canadian citizens, raising concerns that the issue could boil over into a larger diplomatic row. Pompeo called on China to release the two prisoners, calling the arrests “unacceptable” and “unlawful.”