‘We Don’t Do That’: Trump Gets Humiliated By DOJ Officials For Trying To Use Arrested Chinese Executive As ‘Leverage’ In Trade Negotiations
Top law enforcement officials on Wednesday rebuked President Donald Trump for suggesting the prosecution of a Chinese telecommunications executive could be used as leverage in trade negotiations.
“What I do, what we do at the Justice Department, is law enforcement. We don’t do trade,” assistant Attorney General John Demers, the department’s top national security official, said at a Senate hearing, CNN reports.
“We follow the facts and we vindicate violations of US law. That’s what we’re doing when we bring those cases, and I think it’s very important for other countries to understand that we are not a tool of trade when we bring the cases,” he added.
Demers said Wednesday that if Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is extradited from Canada, as the US has requested, “our criminal case will continue,” he said. He declined to comment further on the case.
Meng was arrested earlier this month at an airport in Vancouver, Canada, at the request of the US government, authorities have said.
Meng is accused of helping Huawei get around US sanctions on Iran by telling financial institutions such as HSBC that a Huawei subsidiary, Skycom, was a separate and unaffiliated company.
On Tuesday, Meng stepped out of detention after 10 days behind bars when a judge in Canada approved her release on $10 million Canadian bail ($7.5 million US).
In an interview with Reuters Tuesday, Trump said he would intervene in the case against Meng if it proved beneficial in securing a trade deal that has splintered relations between the two countries in recent months.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, of Connecticut, called the comments “extremely disturbing.”
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