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Trump offers help for Canadians held in China during Trudeau meeting

President Donald Trump is offering to intervene on Canada’s behalf to bring up the plight of two Canadians held in China when he meets with China’s president Xi Jinping next week.

Trump is meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and was asked Thursday by reporters if he would discuss the Canadian detainees when meeting with Xi.

“I would, at Justin’s request. I will absolutely bring it up,” Trump said. He added that “anything I can do to help Canada I will be doing.”

Beijing detained ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. She was arrested Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. authorities who want her to face fraud charges.

At a White House news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Donald Trump touted the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement as “the largest trade deal ever made.” Trudeau said in the June 20 Oval Office appearance that Canada is “very pleased with the lifting of tariffs on steel and aluminum.” Trump also said he would “represent” Trudeau well in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the issue of two Canadians detained in China.