Neither the US nor Canada is willing to comment on reports that there's some sort of plea deal in the works for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou.
She was arrested at the global airport in Vancouver in December 2018 over fraud and conspiracy charges.
Trudeau refused, like US officials, to acknowledge a Wall Street Journal report that Justice Department lawyers have approached Meng's legal team about the possibility of a so-called deferred prosecution agreement.
Canada's "absolute priority" is the safe release of Kovrig and Spavor, Trudeau said Friday during a news conference outside his Rideau Cottage residence in Ottawa.
Shortly after that arrest, Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China, where they remain in detention and face charges of spying for Canada.
"It's been extremely hard for them, for their families and their loved ones".
According to the report, Huawei's finance chief has, through a spokesperson, refused to comment, as has the Justice Department. Queries to the White House also went unanswered.
"Assuming that Ms. Meng can get to an agreement with the [U.S. Department of Justice] we will still have to find a way to get the two Michaels out, because I am sure that China may want to extract something in exchange", Saint-Jacques told host Catherine Cullen. She was arrested on an USA extradition request over allegations of wire and bank fraud charges related to alleged violations of US sanctions on Iran.
A move towards resolc=ving this could smooth out one point of strain between the United States and China, and Canada and China.
Huawei has close ties to China's military and is considered one of the country's most successful global enterprises, operating in the high-tech sphere where China hopes to establish worldwide dominance.
Meng's arrest has also soured relations between Canada and China.
Commenting on Wanzhou's case, Canadian Member of Parliament Paul Manly said on Tuesday that the Biden administration, if the Democratic candidate is officially confirmed to be the next USA president-elect, may be more inclined to drop charges against Huawei's finance chef.