The White House is seeking to distance itself from the bombshell Huawei arrest that could deal a blow to any talk of a trade war truce. The Chinese tech giant's finance chief was arrested Saturday. Meng Wanzhou is also the daughter of Huawei's founder. Her arrest in Canada at the request of the United States came as President Trump and President Xi dined together in Argentina.
Agreeing to a 90 day cease fire from a trade war that's rocked global markets for much of the year. Meng now faces extradition to the US. Her arrest was only made public on Wednesday. Sources say it's part of a US investigation that dates back to at least 2016.
It's focused on alleged scheme by Huawei to use the global banking system to evade US sanctions against Iran. Now, two US officials have said Trump didn't know about the arrest. And a Reuters source said the president wasn't aware of the extradition request either. Saying it's chiefly a matter for the justice department.
Canada's Justin Trudeau also tried to distance himself on Thursday.>> The appropriate authorities took the decisions in this case without any political involvement or interference, as must be the case.>> Some US lawmakers not quite as tight-lipped. Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Ben Sasse, all welcoming the news, and saying the world's biggest maker of telecoms equipment poses a security threat.
The darling of China's tech sector is under intense scrutiny in the west over its ties to Beijing and concerns its technology could be used for spying. Claims Huawei vehemently denies. Beijing spoke out against the arrest Thursday, demanding Meng's immediate release.