REPORT: Chinese Huawei CFO Arrest – John Bolton Knew Arrest Imminent, President Trump Did Not?…

If the latest reports are accurate, this is *not* good.  Remember, there are trillions at stake and Wall Street has spent hundreds-of-million on behalf of multinational interests lobbying to keep the current status with China unchanged.

There’s a deep financial motive within this dynamic to stop President Trump from resetting the trade relationship with China. Additionally, Canada is aligned in self-interest with Wall Street and Trump’s adversaries toward the same goal.

Apparently National Security Adviser John Bolton was aware the CFO of Huawei was going to be arrested in Canada.  However, President Trump was kept out of the loop.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said in an interview with National Public Radio that he knew in advance about the arrest of a top executive of the Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], according to an NPR reporter on Thursday.

Bolton said he did not know if the president was aware in advance of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Saturday, the day Trump struck a 90-day truce on trade in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Argentina, NPR reporter Steve Inskeep said in a tweet.

“I knew in advance. That is something we get from the Justice Department,” the tweet quoted Bolton as saying. (read more)

Here’s the alarming (if true) aspect:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump did not know about a U.S. request for the extradition of Huawei’s chief financial officer from Canada before he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping over dinner last weekend, a White House official said on Thursday.

Huawei Technologies Ltd’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1 and faces extradition to the United States. The United States has been looking since at least 2016 into whether Huawei violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. (read more)

So while President Trump was sitting down with Chairman Xi to negotiate the framework of their ongoing trade discussions; Bolton knew a very geopolitical arrest, that would directly impact the relationship, was about to take place…. And he did not inform President Trump?

If true this is concerning because the Deep State would like nothing more than to scuttle any possible trade reset between the U.S. and China; and Canada would be more than willing to assist therein.

Canada benefits from the status quo.  Canada exploits their access to the U.S. market as part of their overall economic model.  Canada brokers Asian manufactured goods through their country, and assembles some parts into finished products therein.  This skirts any countervailing duties imposed on the originating Asian nation by the U.S.  This exploitation has been very lucrative for Canada.

Additionally, the Wall Street multinationals and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have paid U.S. politicians to allow maximum benefit to Chinese manufacturing.   The Big Club is opposed to President Trump; there are trillions at stake.

If Bolton knew of the location of a landmine that could have serious damage to the efforts of Trump’s economic team, and he kept it hidden, he could have intentionally positioned President Trump’s policy toward China for maximum collateral damage.

Not good.

Must watch this closely.

Suspicious cat needs more information.

 

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268 Responses to REPORT: Chinese Huawei CFO Arrest – John Bolton Knew Arrest Imminent, President Trump Did Not?…

  1. covfefe999 says:

    “You know, I don’t know the answer to that,” Bolton said. “ I knew in advance, but this is something that’s, that we get from the justice department and these kinds of things happen with some frequency. We certainly don’t inform the president on every one of them.”

    Hmmm. Yah, definitely something to watch.

    Liked by 2 people

    • swissik says:

      I’ve never the trusted the “mustache” and was alarmed when the president appointed him. It was a mistake to do so. We don’t need more war mongers. Sadly there are still too many of those left.

      Liked by 10 people

      • oncefired says:

        Not a Bolton fan, was surprised he got into the Trump Administration.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Panem et Circenses says:

          Exactly!

          Bolton has ALWAYS indicated where his loyalties lie if you pay attention!

          This guy is part of the initiated crew….. the only time he will do anything that furthers the MAGA agenda is if it aligns with the establishment one!!!

          NOTICE….. it was not important to him to confer with the President over this news! He didn’t care whether POTUS knew & importantly was happy to leave him out there hanging at such a sensitive time!!!!,

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        • Zippy says:

          Bolton = ultimate neocon.

          Liked by 2 people

    • Brian Baker says:

      Seems to me this is less on Bolton and more on the institutionally corrupt DOJ keeping POTUS out of the loop.

      Liked by 2 people

      • bliss3609 says:

        Not so fast! If Bolton was truly MAGA… you can’t tell me he didn’t know how important the Argentina meeting was!!! Trade is very much a part of National / Economic Security and thus foreign policy!

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        • bliss3609 says:

          Of course, another scenario … It could have been planned this way so that Trump’s team could plead ignorance while using the incident as leverage and a show of meaning business??!!!

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  2. jrapdx says:

    As if right on cue, the President tweeted this a few minutes ago:

    So it appears China isn’t put off by the arrest over Iran sanction violations, rather they’re full steam ahead for making a deal in the 90 day window that’s been allotted.

    Liked by 8 people

    • BebeTarget says:

      And didn’t China agree to what POTUS wanted . . . . . for fentanyl to be labeled illegal and even punishable by death in China to those caught with the opioid. I’d say that was a win. POTUS did say that the road to a new China model of doing business could be rocky, but worth it in the end for America and the rest of the world.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Yup, so far rustling up the deal with China has from all outer appearance gone rather swimmingly, pretty much as PDJT was aiming for. The give on fentanyl was a great bonus, though possibly not that big a concession for China to make. The tariffs are a much bigger issue for China’s economy and the impetus for China to plow ahead so vigorously.

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    • suejeanne1 says:

      Maybe XI & Trump were both looking at the “Mustache” as not trustworthy and this is actually a good thing – stay tuned!

      Liked by 4 people

      • jrapdx says:

        I kinda think that we haven’t been told the whole story. Bolton may not have expressed what happened accurately, certainly not optimally, re: what PT knew about the arrest. My hunch is that it’s not a major impediment to a trade deal. But indeed if Bolton isn’t trustworthy according to the President, seems very likely Bolton won’t be there much longer.

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  3. Moultrie Flag says:

    Meh.

    Plausible deniability plus the added leverage of holding the CFO of the world’s second largest phone manufacturer,

    Is it really a surprise someone, somewhere, would push Trump’s words?

    The Art of the Deal.

    I still can’t figure out anyone that hasn’t figured Trump out hasn’t tried to figure it out, LOL

    It is so easy.

    Liked by 8 people

    • fedback says:

      Apparently the Chinese have lots and lots of people studying Trump trying to figure out how he operates.
      They admire him

      Liked by 4 people

      • Panem et Circenses says:

        If they are smart….. they should go and speak with all the Chinese nationals who have done business with Trump over the years!!!

        To be fair, I don’t think POTUS is that complicated! He always strives for the best deal he can, without being desperate, BUT will always be fair so everyone gets a good deal!!!!!

        I think most are lost because they don’t understand ‘leverage’ to get what you want AND ‘walking away’ when you don’t!!!

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  4. Crawler says:

    It would surprise me greatly if President Trump was unaware of this event. I would also wager that John Bolton isn’t stupid enough to withhold something this big from his boss.

    Liked by 12 people

    • suejeanne1 says:

      It would be interesting to know if Bolton was trying to push someone else as the new UN Ambassador (perhaps his “protege” who was recently bounced from the WH)

      Liked by 1 person

    • CountryDoc says:

      I don’t understand how, if it is so bad that Bolton was aware of something that Trump didn’t know, but should have, that he would be dumb enough to admit it to a media person. Seems like much ado over nothing.

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    • Larry says:

      I think this was something Xi wanted. I suspect “her” Dad needs to “work” with Xi and Xi likes that relationship. … Chinese domestic politics…

      If that scenario holds true, there is no way Donald would know any of this. He doesn’t operate that way.

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  5. Franklin says:

    This is beyond a kerfuffle.
    Wanzhou Meng, [is the] daughter of the telecom giant’s founder, Ren Zhengfei. An ex-officer with the People’s Liberation Army, Ren is one of the country’s most revered business figures. .
    While the U.S. routinely asks allies to extradite drug lords, arms dealers and other criminals, arresting a major Chinese executive like this is rare — if not unprecedented.

    So Bolton, Trudeau and the DOJ knew. Trump just got screwed big time.

    You don not cause an Asian person to lose face especially the President of a Country.

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  6. cdnintx says:

    Just guessing here but I think depending upon how bad of a position it put him in, Pres. Trump might just say ” Bolton, you’re fired”

    Liked by 2 people

    • Franklin says:

      I think Trump will need to send Bolton to Xi

      Liked by 2 people

      • suejeanne1 says:

        I think Bolton has revealed himself to be a total knothead, with the stupid a** cpmment about “the Libyan model” when talking about North Korea to protecting his protege Mira Ricardel who had no business threatening the First Lady’s trip to Africa . . . maybe Bolton entertained the notion that he could get Mrs. Ricardel into that UN Ambassador job.

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        • KittyKat says:

          Bolton’s protege? I thought she was a staunch conservative who worked in the Reagan administration and was on the Trump transition team — where she fought the idea of Mattis being hired because she didn’t like his entourage of Democrats.

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          • suejeanne1 says:

            I believe he interceded previously when she antagonized WH people and on the day of the announcement by the First Lady’s spokeswoman, Bolton told her to stay in her office (he was in Singapore) – he thought he was going to be able to smooth everything over but she was moved out of the WH – I don’t know where she is now but there was an article on Nov. 15 that President Trump offered her the ambassadorship to Estonia but she declined. Could be all fake news of course but we shall see!

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    • CountryDoc says:

      I don’t get it. Part of Trump and economic killers main points is that technology theft will not be tolerated. While violating Iran sanctions is not tech theft, it is unlawful operation at the international level. The U.S. correctly prosecuting a Chines company for illegal activity simply supports Trump conveying that he means what he says, and while he is President, the U.S. laws mean what they say.

      Are we saying this person shouldn’t have been arrested?

      Is it possible this exec may have been involved in something much more aggregious, and we don’t know what’s going on?

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  7. Redhotrugmama says:

    I would think something of this nature would have been in the PDB. I think Bolton and PDT may be playing good cop bad cop. Also might be worth noting the 2 kids and wife that are US citizens that China has been holding for several months now as their dad/husband is wanted for crimes. If I recall PDT asked for their release. If my hunch is wrong then PDT needs to fire every person that knew that should have told him.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      To me, Bolton saying something that obviously was on purpose. I agree with the Good Cop/Bad cop move. Bolton (and Trump) want China to know they are not just dealing with PDJT, but a nation that means what it says. Your execs break the law, this president will back anyone up enforcing it. What is the damage to our influence on IRAN to the US if we do NOT prosecute corporations violating the law and sanctions designed to control IRAN?

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  8. The Boss says:

    Did Bolton make any money in the markets with the inside knowledge of the imminent arrest? Did any of his buddies?

    Liked by 3 people

  9. stablesort says:

    Maybe China and Trump both knew about the Huawei arrest. Earlier this year, the US saved ZTE Telecommunications by lifting a ban that prohibited all US companies from sales of products or services to ZTE for next seven years. This ban would have forced ZTE to close its doors.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/despite-paralyzing-us-commerce-department-ban-zte-is-still-fighting-for-its-life/

    Pompeo is seeking China’s cooperation with the Iran sanctions. The Huawei arrest might be a way for Xi to say thank you for bailing out ZTE.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Franklin says:

      Xi just lost face, so I would not expect any cooperation.

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      • stablesort says:

        Trump tweeted an hour ago:
        ____________________________
        “Statement from China: “The teams of both sides are now having smooth communications and good cooperation with each other. We are full of confidence that an agreement can be reached within the next 90 days.” I agree!”
        ——————————————————–

        Doesn’t sound too bad; there maybe some internal politics affecting Xi’s reaction.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Xi has bigger fish to fry. The Chinese economy has been taking a hit the past months. He needs to find trade resolution sooner than later. Trump is standing on two legs and one of China’s. It’s time for China to win/win a deal or find another way, at a time when there aren’t any.

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  10. SonAmRev says:

    Reuter’s. Just written to sow discord per MSM SOP. In this case between NATSEC, Bolton, vs. economic security, Trump.

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  11. whoseyore says:

    Good bye Bolten! You just screwed the last ‘bolt’ in your coffin!

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  12. zooamerica says:

    This arrest looks like an attempt to put the kibosh on President Trump’s trade deal with China. Chinese state media is now calling the arrest of Meng Wanzhou an act of war. Extreme, yes. Serious, no. The meeting in Argentina was an amazing success.

    Now this happens, the arrest of Meng Wanzhou. Quite predictable. I am sure that a man who has so much experience in making deals is used to political crap like this getting in the middle of a negotiation. Par for the course. On the flip side of the coin, Meng Wanzhou is full of national security information. Regardless of the arrest, if China does not come to an agreement, 25% is coming. .

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  13. Jane Smith says:

    Read all the comments…

    I still think that Bolton has President Trump’s back.

    It has everything to do with the hostages that China just held against their will.
    These Americans are still hostages.
    They are from my state, Massachusetts.
    He is a sophomore student in DC at Georgetown University.
    She works at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in New York.
    So, if two Americans from Massachusetts who go to school in DC and work in NY and who have Chinese heritage can just be held captive in China as bait to draw in their corrupt father, where does that leave the rest of us?

    Bolton has our back.
    Bolton has Trump’s back.

    Liked by 2 people

    • mr.piddles says:

      But that’s Pompeo’s jigsaw puzzle to negotiate.

      Meanwhile, both China AND the U.S. can use those two unfortunate souls as a bargaining chip.

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    • railer says:

      Yeah, I wasn’t aware about those 2 hostages. Now I’m absolutely certain that Trump knew about this arrest, including the timing. China was testing him, and he gave them his answer. And Xi doesn’t lose face since Trump didn’t personally insult Xi as he’s claiming he didn’t direct the action. This is all just forking brilliant.

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  14. alliwantissometruth says:

    Stop hiring established government types. Just stop. No more insiders. No more recommendations from politicians or insiders

    Get away from all of it

    There’s many brilliant and honorable government outsiders and private sector people who will work for the MAGA agenda

    I’m not saying Bolton is guilty or not, I’m just saying hiring from the Big Club isn’t going to rid us of the Big Club

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  15. StuckInBlue says:

    I’m more interested in how Huawei’s equipment is used by the Iranians to catch and imprison their own citizens.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. jeans2nd says:

    The warrant for Huawei’s CFO is not new. The warrant is based on the earlier Iran sanctions against Iran, pre-JCPOA, for Huawei’s CFO alleged involvement/facilitating the sale of Hewlett-Packard products to Iran (looking at you Carly Fiorina…).

    You sure Bolton is not being the fall guy here? Pres Trump and President-For-Life Xi have a “fantastic” relationship. Dinner with P-F-L Xi while arresting Huawei’s CFO would not help said relationship, had Pres Trump known at the time of the dinner.

    This may be a CYA for Pres Trump, so as to not jeopardize the trade negotiations and the “friendship.”
    or not

    Remember, the U.S. just issued a world-wide warning against use of Huawei, particularly for 5G, as did the MI6 guy, for Chinese espionage.
    And yet…what you say re:C of C and lobbyists is just as correct.
    Dunno.

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  17. DJ says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb, so to speak, and suggest that we don’t know all that we need to know to know how to properly frame this issue, you know? I’m going to go change out suspicious cat’s litter box and see if I can discern any clues from that.

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  18. As I have opined many times, the President is surrounded by enemies who never miss an opportunity to undermine him.

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  19. trapper says:

    I take this one at face value. What effect if any it may have on negotiations with China is entirely up to China, and we could not care less. China is F’ed. Proper F’ed. China desperately needs the American market, but America has ZERO need for their cheap crap. Xi has 90 days to capitulate to Trump’s trade terms and figure out how to sell it to his population, otherwise tariffs more than double. This was not worth bothering PDJT over. There was a warrant and it’s being pursued. If Xi doesn’t like it he can go piss up a rope.

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  20. bluebongo says:

    Leverage. Hundreds of billions at stake.

    Apple was recently dethroned by Huawei, and can’t break top 3 in China without a trade deal….needs it bad.

    Huawei was violating Iran sanctions.

    Leverage. Master level.

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    • trumpmemesandreams says:

      This gets my vote, as well. I highly doubt Trump was not made aware of this ahead of time, despite what was said. Even if this wasn’t high profile enough to deserve his attention amongst everything else — so what?

      How does this change any of the fundamentals of China – US trade relations? US holds the stronger hand in all regards. If there are potential double-dealings with China-Iran and we’re threatening their largest telecom then it’s so much the better. More leverage for us.

      I fail to see any downside to this, no matter what the truth is of Trumps knowledge ahead of time or not.

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  21. Texian says:

    (I could save suspicious cat some mousing time..)

    It is Bolton who is warmongering with Russia right now.. Bolton and the deep state are effectively scuttling the relationship between President Trump and President Putin as well..

    The President’s “advisors” are steering him way off track.. (And there is a high up position that is a deep stater too.. It just recently hired a never-Trumper..).

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  22. redline says:

    There’s nothing happening here that isn’t to President Trump’s advantage in pounding the best possible deal out of the communist Chinese.

    The highly specific arrest, the executive deniability, the third-party (Canadian) detainment, the overall contexts of global trade negotiations, to the benefit of the US and the detriment (at last!) of China, are ALL a very plain and pointed mirror of Chinese negotiating tactics. This point is NOT lost on the Chinese.

    And they know as well that, by his deliberate, reciprocal use of this message-delivery tactic, they were expected by President Trump to recognize it for this intent and take it very much to heart.

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  23. Jedi9 says:

    I am not buying this argument about the Wall Street multinationals behind this. Hauwei has been in the US crosshairs for quite some time due to stealing US technologies and the fact that China claims to be a trade partner but also wants to play by a different set rules is not going to fly! They violated international sanctions and are now paying the price for trying to sell certain technologies to a known state sponsored terrorist country! There is more to come with China in the near future in terms of violations and holding them to the fire and this is just the beginning!

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  24. KittyKat says:

    I think that Bolton’s comment was correctly politic; if he had said yes, the president knew, it would have made Xi feel played and turned the relationship sour with a loss of trust. It is far better for the continuation of the relationship between President Trump and Xi for Xi to believe that the president did not know.

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  25. DT2020 says:

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  26. I read Bolton’s comment to mean if the President was going to be informed, it would be DOJ not his office that is responsible for notifying the White House. He further states this kind of thing happens all the time and not everyone is informed of every move made. This may be less sensitive than we’re making it out to be. And, it does give PDJT some additional leverage if he chooses to use it as such.

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  27. distracted2 says:

    Peter Navarro walked it back last night on Trish Regan’s show on Fox Business. He stated that none of the team knew about it during the dinner with Xi.

    That said, I still think suspicious cat is appropriate.

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  28. Moultrie Flag says:

    Aren’t we missing asking the right questions?

    Why was she in Canada?

    What would encourage Canada to get involved in such a risky political move?

    It matters not who Bolton told what. He isn’t the only one who could have, and probably did, advise Trump on this.

    It is leverage at a very high level, and Trump can escape any political backlash quite easily.

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  29. Daniel says:

    Of course “not good.” But the fact that this president not simply is excluded from his justice department (which is a VERY real constitutional crisis because this makes them an effectively unelected and unconstitutional “branch of government!”) should not be lost on anyone. But if a serious international incident occurs because of this, that just may be the trigger to make some serious changes as actions such as these could potentially start a global world war.

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  30. Doppler says:

    So the President’s twitter feed today is very high octane on many fronts. Only comment from him on China since the Bolton bombshell is that Xi reports communications channel open and clear and optimism to get deal done in 90 days, and President Trump agrees.

    So I’m now leaning toward the conclusion that there was no surprise for President Trump in Bolton’s bombshell, but that the official word remains “not known if President Trump knew on Saturday.” Whoever in China said “declaration of war,” has thus been cut off at the knees.

    The markets appear to have been totally flummoxed by Bolton’s statement, which says either that Bolton was deliberately causing mayhem, or was the Trump team member getting out front of the inevitable news from China, with the message – US moving forward on IP theft enforcement, at operational levels, President Trump not part of such routine matters, no offense to President XI intended.

    Xi appears to have sent the message – nothing here to stop 90 process to get to yes. Those within China power structure most interested in continuing to steal IP – likely China’s version of Putin’s plutocrats, including friends of the founder of Hauwei – must eat the message that their interests do not dictate China’s negotiation on the existential threat to the Chinese economy that President Trump represents.

    I’m still holding open the possibility that some of those Chinese plutocrats may have been doing their own deals with US politicians, buying pay to play with the Clinton Foundation, eg, or with DIFI, and others with their snouts in the corrupting till of China’s public/private wealth, and that those crimes are among Huber’s sealed indictments, about to be announced.

    What politicians are closest to Hauwei? Might be worth checking them for incontinence issues.

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  31. cali says:

    @Sundance: I agree with you when you state to watch ‘this suspicious cat”!

    Here is what we do know about Huawei: Their smart phone has been banned by the DOD/Dept of Defense because it had a chip installed allowing the Chinese military complex to spy on our military as their phone was the one used for every communication.

    We also know that Hillary and Feinstein were selling silicon valley’s trade secrets and other advantageous software and more. Remember the Chinese received a copy of each and everything crossing Hillary’s private server used. We know the Chinese spied on us ergo the assassination of 23 CIA agents identified via HRC’s server.

    That server plus the one use by Hillary has been confiscated and in possession of our NSA and Military Intelligence.

    We also know that Feinstein and husband have been selling us down the river for over 20+ years that also involves espionage. Cue in the drop of a Chinese spy working for Feinstein although labeled by the fake media as Driver.
    Feinstein sitting on the ‘gang of eight’ intelligence committee came in handy. More to come about her and her husbands activities.

    For now we know that president Trump and his administration has been working to shut down the output from the US to China in reference of selling secrets and more. In other words the spigot and flow of damaging sales from this country to China is turned off.

    We also know that there was a national security risk via Huawei’s 5G network and its EMP capabilities on the grid of the US. Not much clarity yet but as the CFO of Huawei Meng Wanzhou is linked to the CF via Hillary’s brother who is in business with the same.

    Even though they did sell Hewlett Packard products to Iran this is only the tip of that company’s intentions since all their products were banned by the Dept of Defense due to espionage.

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