Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired the Canadian ambassador in China after the ambassador said a Huawei Technologies executive has "good arguments on his side" to avoid extradition to the United States.
"Last night I asked and accepted John McCallum's resignation as Canada's ambassador to China," Trudeau said in a statement on Saturday
"For nearly two decades, John McCallum has served the Canadians honorably and with distinction. … I thank him and his family for his service over the past few years, "he added.
McCallum came under fire when he said that the executive, Meng Wanzhou, had strong arguments to avoid extradition, including the Presidents Trump
I believe it has pretty good arguments on their side. First, political commitment through comments by Donald Trump in their case, "said McCallum.
"Second, there is an extraterritorial aspect to their case," he continued, "and thirdly, there is the issue of Iran sanctions in their case, and Canada does not sign it. I believe she has some strong arguments that she can put before a judge. "
Meng, Huawei's Chief Financial Officer, was arrested last year in Canada at the request of the US authorities and charged with trade sanctions against Iran and is currently awaiting a possible US delivery