On Wednesday, news broke that Canadian authorities had arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of mega-Chinese telecom Huawei, the largest in the world, as she was changing planes in Vancouver.
As Fox Business reported, authorities picked her up “as part of a U.S. investigation into an alleged scheme by Huawei to use the global banking system to avoid American sanctions against Iran.” Meng, other reports noted, is the chief financial officer for the company, so on the surface at least, it makes sense that she would be targeted by authorities.
But if the United States was interested in her, why was she arrested by Canadian authorities?
Because they were acting on behalf of a request by the Justice Department, Fox Business reported. And now she is facing extradition to the U.S. on “unspecified charges.”
Whether or not Huawei has been violating U.S. sanctions against Iran has yet to be determined, though a federally appointed official at HSBC Bank, which is based in London, spotted suspicious transactions involving the telecom and alerted the U.S. government.
So far, so good. But the timing of the arrest could not have been worse — or more insulting to the Chinese government.
On or about the time Canadian officials were moving to arrest Meng, 46, at the behest of the DoJ, POTUS Trump was sitting at a dinner table with China’s president, Xi Jinping, discussing the massive trade imbalance between our countries and how best to resolve it in a way that favors both.
By early accounts the meeting was successful, The National Sentinel reported:
Following the dinner, both sides announced some progress. The U.S. and Chinese governments would suspend tariff regimes for 90 days while trade negotiators from both countries attempted to work out a more permanent compromise.
Making trade fairer between the U.S. and China is a central tenet of POTUS Trump’s economic agenda and a major part of his “MAGA” plan. Without question, there needs to be a better balance: On Thursday, the Commerce Department announced that the U.S. trade deficit has grown to a near-monthly record of about $55.5 billion in October, the highest since 2008. And most of that was with China.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce, through state media sources, described talks as “very successful,” adding “we have confidence in the implementation” of what both leaders agreed upon.
But the news of the arrest has angered the Chinese government and likely scrapped any hope of building on the progress POTUS Trump and Xi had made. Beijing, through state-run media, has likened the arrest to a “declaration of war.”
It gets worse. Not only does it defy belief that the DoJ was not aware of Meng’s travel, no one from the department bothered to notify POTUS Trump prior to her arrest.
On Thursday, Peter Navarro, the assistant to the president on trade and manufacturing policy, said as much in an interview with Fox Business’ newest host, Trish Regan.
It defies belief to think that the Justice Department was not aware of the gravity of the situation or the timing of the arrest, though Navarro played his part in the interview with Regan and blew it off as ‘things that happen in a democracy.’
The point is, Regan is correct: In a normal situation, this is a case the president most definitely should have known about — and would have, if his name wasn’t Trump.
The Deep State remains alive and well, and nothing POTUS has managed to do thus far has slowed it down.
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