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 PompeoAfghan president vows to take revenge after Islamic State attack on wedding The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong MORE and Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisOnly Donald Trump has a policy for Afghanistan New Pentagon report blames Trump troop withdrawal for ISIS surge in Iraq and Syria Mattis returns to board of General Dynamics MORE


Her comments referred to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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.”