Trade, The Border, and Zuckerberg

Trade war, or just a battle? China today fought back against the tariffs the Trump administration unveiled worth $50 billion, with their own tariffs of similar value. The Wall Street Journal reported that China is aiming at a narrow range of 106 types of U.S. goods. Their aim, high profile goods such as small commercial passenger planes, sport-utility vehicles, and agricultural products such as soybeans and beef. The response is defensive and targets states which supported Trump during his 2016 campaign. With neither set of tariffs taking effect immediately there is still hopes of negations between the two countries.                                    

Border protection or prevention? It was announced in a White House press briefing today that President Trump will sign a proclamation to send the National Guard to the southern border of the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told the press that this proclamation would be done in conjunction with local governors in the area. "The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border  to assist the border patrol, and will be signing a proclamation to that effect today." Although no details of what the National Guard would be doing at the board, how many members would be deployed, or how much it would cost the American people, the proclamation is seen to be a response to what the Trump administration sees as the 'unacceptable' flow of drugs, criminal activity, and illegal immigrants coming across the border. 

Zuckerberg heads to Congress on April 11th.  The notoriously media reclusive Facebook creator  has agreed to testify before the HOUse Energy and Commerce Committee this upcoming month. Zuckerberg and his company have been under scrutiny for the past few weeks due to their suspected involvement with Cambridge Analytica and the impact it had on the 2016 election. Facebook said today that it is likely most of its 2 billion users have had their personal information scraped by outsiders without explicit permission of the user. The Acknowledgment from Facebook today also included a broader look into the scale of improper usage by Cambridge Analytica in the 2016 election. This development adds to the investigations beginning done by both the United States and Europe into Facebook.