>> Ms. Meng, what's your reaction to being granted bail today?>> Huawei executive, Meng Wanzhou, released on bail in Canada while fighting extradition to the US may have received help from an unlikely source, President Donald Trump. Trump told Reuters in Washington he would intervene in the US Justice Department's case against Meng If it would serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.
>> It's very unusual for the president to intervene with the Justice Department, which is conceivably an independent arm of the US government. So that would probably raise some concerns here in Washington about what his intentions are.>> And Meng's lawyers could seize on Trump's comments to argue in Canadian court that the case against their client is politically motivated.
Canada's foreign minister on Wednesday warning the US not to hijack the legal system for political purposes.>> Our extradition partners should not seek to politicize the extradition process or use it for ends other than the pursuit of justice.>> The US Justice Department accuses Meng Wanzhou of misleading multinational banks about transactions linked to Iran potentially violating US sanctions.
Her arrest on December 1st triggering threats from Beijing, which demanded she be released. On Tuesday, Canada confirmed one of its citizens, a former diplomat, was detained in China. Reuters correspondent Christian Shepherd has been following the story from Beijing.>> There still haven't been many details released about the case of Michael Kovrig, the former Canadian diplomat who has been detained in Beijing.
Diplomats in Beijing, however, are calling the case a form of kidnapping. Others are calling it something like a hostage situation so there's some very strong language being used.>> And on Wednesday, Canada's foreign minister confirming that a second Canadian was also detained in China. The Chinese foreign minister on Thursday demanded the release of the Huawei executive and said the two Canadians are suspected of harming state security.
>> This arrest was a mistaken action and Canada should immediately release her. In terms of the Canadian cases, Chinese authorities have taken measures according to the law.