Meng Wanzhou granted bail, and a gift from Trump

Tuesday could not have gone much better for arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.

First, after almost three full days of hearings, she was released on bail. BBC News:

A judge in Vancouver set bail at C$10m (£6m; $7.4m). She will be under surveillance 24 hours a day and must wear an electronic ankle tag.

And then, later on, this from Reuters’ White House correspondent:

Meng due back in court on February 6th. 

Those sanctions, remember, were put in place by Trump. But he now appears to be suggesting they don’t matter as long as you can offer a business deal to the US – giving China, and Meng’s lawyers, massive leverage when those extradition hearings begin (if indeed they actually do).


Here’s more of what Trump told Reuters:

“If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly intervene if I thought it was necessary.”