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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need Congress to approve Iran strikes in interview with The Hill | New sanctions hit Iran's supreme leader | Schumer seeks to delay defense bill amid Iran tensions | Esper's first day as acting Pentagon chief Pompeo meets with Saudi crown prince amid tensions with Iran Poll: 24 percent of voters want military action against Iran MORE and Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisNew Defense chief: Our 'priorities remain unchanged' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Trump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions MORE

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Her comments referred to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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.”