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  • National security advisor John Bolton said he did not know if President Donald Trump was also aware of the operation to detain Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

WASHINGTON,

The White House said Thursday it knew in advance that Canada planned to arrest an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei on the same day as a summit between Washington and Beijing.

National security advisor John Bolton said he did not know if President Donald Trump was also aware of the operation to detain Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou on a US request as she was changing planes in Vancouver.

"I knew in advance. This is something that we get from the Justice Department," Bolton told National Public Radio.

"And these kinds of things happen with some frequency. We certainly don't inform the president on every one of them," he said.

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