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Trump risks clash with Congress about Chinese executive

President Trump Donald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to write Trump on file released: report MORE 's threat to intervene in the arrest of A Chinese tech executive is setting the stage for a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers. The arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada earlier this month was largely met with praise in Washington, DC, including from top Republicans like sens. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Biden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report MORE (R-Texas) ) and Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioKevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRC executive director for 2020 Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Senators victim measure name Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi slaying MORE [19659003] (R-Fla.). Meng is facing extradition to the U.S. for allegedly violating trade sanctions against Iran. Trump though rattled lawmakers and aides when he offered to help resolve the case if it gets him a trade deal with China. Trump told Reuters this week that Meng could be released if it was "good for what will be certainly the biggest trade deal ever made." "Well, it's possible that a lot of different things could happen. Det er også mulig at det kommer bli en del av forhandlinger, "Trump sagde under interviewet. " A spokesperson for Rubio…

President Trump Donald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to write Trump on file released: report MORE ‘s threat to intervene in the arrest of A Chinese tech executive is setting the stage for a fight between the White House and Republican lawmakers.

The arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Canada earlier this month was largely met with praise in Washington, DC, including from top Republicans like sens. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Biden team discussed 2020 run with O’Rourke as VP: report MORE (R-Texas) ) and Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioKevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRC executive director for 2020 Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Senators victim measure name Saudi crown prince ‘responsible’ for Khashoggi slaying MORE [19659003] (R-Fla.). Meng is facing extradition to the U.S. for allegedly violating trade sanctions against Iran.

Trump though rattled lawmakers and aides when he offered to help resolve the case if it gets him a trade deal with China.

Trump told Reuters this week that Meng could be released if it was “good for what will be certainly the biggest trade deal ever made.”

“Well, it’s possible that a lot of different things could happen. Det er også mulig at det kommer bli en del av forhandlinger, “Trump sagde under interviewet. “

A spokesperson for Rubio said in a email that the senator “believes the case is unrelated to trade policy, and that it would be a mistake for President Trump to intervene.”

Just before Trump’s remarks, Rubio had tweeted that Meng’s arrest “has nothing to do with a trade war with #China.”

“It’s an action by federal prosecutors for alleged violations of law, not leverage in a trade dispute,” Rubio wrote in response to a New York Times report tying the arrest to the trade dispute. “And in contrast to China, she will have the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.”

The Republican Senator also said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” last week that he is planning on reintroducing legislation to ban Huawei and similar Chinese companies from doing business with the US federal government.

“Huawei and ZTE and multiple Chinese companies pose a threat to our national interests, our national economic interests and our national security interests,” he said at the time.

Rubio originally introduced the legislation with Sen. Tom Cotton Thomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate heads to floor fight on criminal justice bill McConnell sets Monday test vote on criminal justice bill Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report MORE ( R-Ark.) Earlier this year.

Cotton, a strong ally of the president, has also been highly critical of Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE, calling them “nothing more than extensions of the Chinese Communist Party.” [19659004] Cotton declined to comment to The Hill when asked about Trump’s threat to intervene in the Huawei case.

Chinese telecommunications firms have faced intense scrutiny about the potential risk they pose to national security, with lawmakers and officials saying the companies are inextricably tied to the Chinese state government and their interests.

Trump has clashed with Congress over Chinese tech companies.

Earlier this year, the pr Esident was at odds with lawmakers from both parties after the Commerce Department sanctioned Chinese tech firm ZTE for working with Iran and North Korea. Trump hevde imidlertid at sanktionerne var harsh og udarbejdet en plan for å redde selskapet.

Disse handlinger udløste en umiddelbar tilbagekobling fra begge sider af den aisle. Senators passed a version of the defense policy bill that included a measure blocking Trump’s plan to rescue ZTE. Lawmakers ultimately avoided a fight with Trump, sending the bill to his desk with language that instead barred the U.S. Government from using ZTE products.

This time though, Republican lawmakers are signaling they are ready to take on the president when it comes to cracking down on Chinese companies.

“I think it’s now on the criminal justice realm and beyond executive control so I do not know what he has in mind, “Sen. John Cornyn John CornynKevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC Executive Director for 2020 On The Money: Trump leaves GOP in turmoil with shutdown looming | Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff | China agrees to 3-month freeze of auto tariffs | The Trump’s Morning Report – Trump maintains his innocence amid mounting controversies MORE (R-Texas), the Senate majority whip, said Thursday. “But I hope [Trump would] let the courts and the DOJ work through the process.”

Cruz has also been fiercely critical of the Chinese tech company. He tweeted at the time of Meng’s arrest that Huawei is a “Communist Party spy agency thinly felled [sic] as a telecom company.”

“The Chinese Communist Party can not risk damage to their reputation that the transparency of a trial will bring, and they will do everything possible to intimidate the Canadian government to send her back to China, “he wrote. “Our ally Canada must stand strong and extradite here to the United States, where she will face something China does not have: a fair, impartial justice system.”

Cruz also pressed government officials at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the role of Chinese companies, and specifically Huawei, in spying on the US and its allies.

Democrats also were quick to raise concerns about the implications of Trump intervening.

“The fact is that the administration was strong on ZTE until the Chinese put pressure and they buckled,” Sen. Mark Warner Mark Robert WarnerThe Year Ahead: Tech Braces for New Scrutiny from Washington Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches MORE (D-Va.), The ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Thursday. “I’d be curious to see if [Trump] buckles again.”

At the hearing on Chinese economic espionage, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Said he was “disturbed” by the president’s comment, saying the remark “makes it look like law enforcement is a tool of either trade or other political or diplomatic ends of this country.”

” And that may be true in other countries, but not in this one, “he added.

At the hearing on Chinese economic espionage, John Demers, the Assistant Attorney General at DOJ’s National Security Division, Customs Lawmakers he could not comment on a pending criminal case like Meng’s.

However, he reiterated that the Justice Department oversees law enforcement, and not trade policy.

“We follow the facts and vindicate violations of US law.

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jin ping agreed earlier this month to a 90-day truce on new tariffs after months of hitting each other with escalating trade penalties.

And Trump on Friday celebrated China’s decision to freeze a three-month long tariff hike on American-made cars.

“China wants to make a big and very comprehensive deal.

Trump cited that trade deal during his interview with Reuters as a reason why he could intervene in the Huawei case.

Experts say it would be possible for Trump to stop the prosecution of Meng’s case.

Lisa Monaco, former assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism and former assistant attorney general for national security during the Obama administration, said in a email that Trump could legally request That the Justice Department dropped the charges against Meng that led to his arrest in Canada.

But Monaco cautioned that move “would be wrong.”

“It would be completely beyond any acceptable norm,” Monaco said. ville føre en betydelig konfrontation med justitsdepartementet og de anklagere der og det ville være åbent år på vores egne ledere til at blive holdt og hassled i andre lande, som ønsker at få leverage i handelssamtaler. “

All sides in the controversy are

Canada on Friday warned the administration not to make the arrest a political issue.

Canada understands the rule of law, Canada Ian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said, after a meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis James Norman MattisRussia claims Pentagon ignoring request to discuss nuclear dispute Hillicon Valley – Presented by AT & T – Facebook bug exposed photos of up to 6.8M users | Canada warns Trump not to intervene in Huawei case | Tech giant accused of providing cybersecurity to terror groups Canada warns Trump: Huawei extradition should not be politicized MORE and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Michael (Mike) Richard PompeoShowdown at the Security Council? Hillicon Valley – Presented by AT & T – Facebook bug exposed photos of up to 6.8M users | Canada warns Trump not to intervene in Huawei case | Tech giant accused of providing cybersecurity to terror groups Canada warns Trump: Huawei extradition should not be politicized. MORE .

“Extradition should not ever be politicized or used as tools to solve other issues,” she added. .

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