FAST FIVE: Trump Reportedly Unaware Of Huawei Extradition Request Before Xi Dinner While Trudeau Knew
Wanzhou Meng The timing is important of course, because if the US knew in ahead of the dinner of an imminent “material adverse event” that could spoil the trade ceasefire, it would be seen as very politically embarrassing to Xi, and as Deutsche Bank explained earlier, would be considered a major escalation.
Huawei has been widely recognized as one of the most successful technology companies in China.
Now, according to Reuters, and rather inexplicably, even as Bolton knew about Meng's imminent arrest, President Donald Trump was reportedly unaware the US had requested Meng's extradition from Canada before he joined Chinese President Xi Jinping for dinner on Saturday, a White House official said.
“We were advised by them with a few days' notice that this was in the works.” So Trudeau knew a few days in advance, yet Trump somehow had no idea what was going on.
Separately, CNN reports – so take it with a ton of salt – and implicitly denies what the White House said this afternoon, that US official see Meng as possible leverage in trade talks.