Afternoon Coffee: Toyota Advises Trump to Be ‘Careful’ on Auto Ruling; China Gaining Control of Asia-to-Europe Sea Routes

Toyota’s president advised President Donald Trump to make a “careful and appropriate” decision on whether auto imports into the U.S. constitute a national security threat — a ruling that could lead to more tariffs from Trump, Bloomberg News reports.

“Trump, threatening levies of 25%, on Sunday received the findings of a probe into whether imported vehicles posed a national security threat, the basis for imposing sanctions,” Bloomberg reports. “He now has 90 days to decide whether to act on the findings, which haven’t been published.”

China Looks to Africa

China’s bid to control the sea lanes between Asia and Europe is taking shape in an East African port in Djibouti, The Wall Street Journal reports.

A court battle is being waged against Chinese influence, but it may be too late to return the facility to local control, the Journal reports, giving this picture of the port:

“China Merchants Port Holdings is asserting control of operations at Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal, maritime officials say, while state-owned China Civil Engineering Construction Corp. and China State Construction Engineering Corp. have built a new, multipurpose cargo facility next door to handle cars, livestock, steel and other goods.”

AT&T Again Pulls YouTube Ads

AT&T pulled its ads from YouTube over concerns about the ads running next to content that may show the exploitation of children, Reuters reports.

A month ago, the company had just resumed its ads on YouTube after a two-year boycott over content related to hate speech or other disturbing material, and this week Nestle also stopped advertising on the video channel, Reuters reports.

Alphabet, the parent of Google, owns YouTube. AT&T issued a statement Thursday.

“Until Google can protect our brand from offensive content of any kind, we are removing all advertising from YouTube,” AT&T said, according to Reuters.

Share on Procurious

Discuss this:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.