The Trump Presidency

Trump’s firing of Bannon: The military asserts control

By Barry Grey, 19 August 2017

While Democratic politicians hailed the removal of Bannon, his departure in no way signifies a shift away from the Trump administration’s program of war, social reaction and political repression.

Trump administration stakes out hardline trade position as NAFTA talks begin

By Roger Jordan, 19 August 2017

Washington is seeking to refashion the agreement as a template to pursue Trump’s economic nationalist “America first” agenda against its chief rivals, China and Germany.

Trump signs order cutting environmental regulation of infrastructure projects

By E.P. Milligan, 19 August 2017

Energy development projects such as oil and gas pipelines will receive heavy federal subsidies while being fast-tracked through the already lax process of environmental review.

Trump deepens appeal to fascist right

By Patrick Martin, 18 August 2017

There is a political and social chasm between the popular outrage against Trump and the criticism coming from within the ruling elite.

European governments condemn Trump’s statements on Charlottesville

By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017

With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.

The working class and the fight against Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 18 August 2017

Covered up in all the media and political commentary that has followed Trump’s press conference is the fact that the central target of his political strategy is the working class, of all races and ethnicities.

Trump administration demands Internet records on 1.3 million political opponents

By Don Barrett and Niles Niemuth, 17 August 2017

The Justice Department has filed a warrant demanding emails, visitor logs, contact information and photographs relating to the website that coordinated protests at the January 20 presidential inauguration.

CEOs and top Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi remarks—but not from Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 August 2017

Trump disbanded his business advisory councils as CEOs resigned and top Republicans distanced themselves from Trump’s pro-Nazi statements.

AFL-CIO president leaves Trump’s Manufacturing Council: An exercise in hypocrisy and damage control

By Shannon Jones, 17 August 2017

Trumka left the panel as a face-saving measure, following the departure of several corporate CEOs.

Trump, appealing to far-right, considers pardon for Joe Arpaio

By Jake Dean, 17 August 2017

Trump told Fox News he was considering a pardon for the former Arizona sheriff who defied court rulings to witch-hunt immigrant workers.

A temporary step back in US-North Korean tensions

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2017

The confrontation on the Korean Peninsula remains on a hair trigger and a mistake or miscalculation could plunge the world into war.

Trump’s defense of Nazi violence: The mask comes off

By Joseph Kishore, 17 August 2017

Trump’s remarks on Tuesday defending Nazi and white supremacist violence have exposed the ugly reality of American capitalism.

America’s pro-Nazi president defends Charlottesville rampage

By Barry Grey, 16 August 2017

Trump’s press conference tirade on Tuesday was part of a calculated attempt to develop a fascistic mass movement in the United States.

Hundreds protest proposed border wall in Mission, Texas

By Trévon Austin, 16 August 2017

Saturday’s march is expected to be the prelude to further protests in southern Texas against Donald Trump’s xenophobic immigration and border policies.

Mounting evidence of White House collusion with neo-Nazis

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2017

The murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia did not come out of the blue, but followed months of warnings about the likelihood of violence by white supremacist groups.

Will the Trump administration censor climate scientists?

By Daniel de Vries, 15 August 2017

A draft of an authoritative federal study by US scientists was released amid fear of suppression.

The White House and the fascist rampage in Charlottesville

By Eric London, 14 August 2017

Trump’s attempt to develop an extra-constitutional fascist movement is a warning to the working class in the US and internationally.

Nazi rampage leaves one dead, dozens injured in Charlottesville, Virginia

By Eric London, 13 August 2017

President Donald Trump waited hours to make a public statement after Saturday’s attack, and then blamed anti-fascist demonstrators for being complicit in the riot.

Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis visits Google and Amazon

By Andre Damon, 12 August 2017

Mattis’ visit indicates the increasingly vital role played by the US tech giants not just in the conduct of wars abroad, but in the censorship and suppression of political opposition at home.

Australian government commits to a US-led war on North Korea

By Mike Head, 12 August 2017

If the US triggers a war against North Korea, Australia will be involved immediately in a conflagration that could rapidly draw in China, a major nuclear power.

Trump sends mixed signals as conflict over Russia investigation intensifies

By Patrick Martin, 12 August 2017

The US president said he was not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but his lawyer denounced the predawn FBI raid against Trump’s former campaign manager.

The world on the brink

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 12 August 2017

The bellicose language coming from the man in charge of the most powerful military force on the planet is generating increasing shock and fear that nuclear war could break out at any moment.

US health catastrophe: Drug overdose deaths approach 60,000 a year

By E.P. Milligan, 10 August 2017

More Americans have died from drug overdoses since 2000 than in all the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries combined.

Polls show plunging popular support for Trump

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2017

While the growing opposition to Trump centers on his attacks on health care, immigrants and democratic rights, the Democratic Party is appealing to the military-intelligence apparatus with its bogus claims of Trump ties to Russia.

Trump threatens “fire and fury” against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 August 2017

Not since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 has the world stood so close to the brink of nuclear war.

The guns of August

By Alex Lantier, 8 August 2017

Just over a century since the guns of August 14 announced the outbreak of WWI in Europe, NATO’s military focus is shifting from the Middle East back to Europe, with major preparations underway for war with high-tech and nuclear enemies.

As political warfare in Washington escalates

Attorney General Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, threatens reporters

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2017

Trump’s battle with the press is part of the raging factional warfare within the ruling class and the state centering on differences over imperialist foreign policy.

Trump threatens trade war measures against China

By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2017

After criticising Beijing over the latest North Korean missile launch, the Trump administration is preparing to take action against China over intellectual property rights.

India-China border tensions continue unabated

By K. Ratnayake, 4 August 2017

The principal factor driving the dispute over a remote Himalayan ridge is India’s emergence as a veritable “frontline state” in Washington’s strategic offensive against China.

Leaked transcripts provide ugly picture of Trump and Australian prime minister

By Mike Head, 4 August 2017

The phone calls displayed Trump’s thuggishness and readiness to bully other countries, including supposed allies, in line with his “America First” agenda.

Trump makes an appeal to the fascistic right

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2017

What has unfolded over the past two weeks is a calculated political strategy aimed at mobilizing an ultra-right movement outside both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Trump approves new sanctions against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 August 2017

With relations between Washington and Moscow worse than at anytime since the height of the Cold War, predominant sections of the US establishment are pressing for a further escalation of tensions.

China rejects Trump’s accusations over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2017

Beijing’s determination not to be bullied into tougher action against North Korea sets the stage for an escalating US confrontation not only with Pyongyang, but also China.

White House upheaval continues as General Kelly takes the reins

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2017

The retired Marine general’s first action as White House chief of staff was to fire Anthony Scaramucci, hired by Trump less than two weeks ago as communications director.

Trump imposes sanctions on Maduro after Venezuelan constituent assembly elections

By Andrea Lobo, 1 August 2017

The sanctions mark a significant escalation of US imperialist involvement in the Venezuelan crisis and Latin American internal politics.

In wake of Republican failure on ACA repeal

Trump administration moves to undercut Medicaid and Obamacare exchanges

By Kate Randall, 1 August 2017

A number of states are seeking federal permission to require Medicaid enrollees to work, submit to drug testing or pay monthly premiums.

The US sanctions drive and the danger of war

By Alex Lantier, 1 August 2017

Amid a mounting domestic political crisis and a breakdown of long-standing alliances, the United States is simultaneously escalating its military threats against nuclear-armed Russia and China.

Trump slams China over North Korean missile

By Peter Symonds, 31 July 2017

Trump’s tweets are another sign that the White House is actively considering far more aggressive methods, including military strikes against North Korea.

White House shakeup: A further step toward authoritarian rule

By Patrick Martin, 31 July 2017

The installation of retired Marine General John Kelly as White House chief of staff is part of a broader turn by President Trump to the military and police apparatus.

Putin confirms expulsion of US diplomats from Russia

By Nick Beams, 31 July 2017

Speaking Sunday on state television, Putin indicated that the sanctions and Trump’s decision not to block the legislation represented a tipping point in relations with the US.

Trump shifts retired Marine general from Homeland Security to replace fired White House chief of staff

By Barry Grey, 29 July 2017

With the elevation of fellow Wall Street oligarch Scaramucci and General Kelly to top White House positions, Trump is seeking to give his administration a more directly Bonapartist character.

ICE arrests over 100 immigrants in New York in 11 days

By Isaac Finn, 29 July 2017

The crackdown on immigrants paves the way for a police-state regime and attacks on workers more broadly.

Embattled Trump plays homophobia card to strengthen his fascistic base

By Eric London, 29 July 2017

Trump and Bannon are seeking to whip up homophobic hysteria, uniting religious bigotry with police worship and American nationalism to encourage the growth of a fascistic movement.

US military declares “time is running out” before war with North Korea

By James Cogan, 28 July 2017

The situation is rendered even more volatile and dangerous by the besieged character of the Trump presidency.

Trump Justice Department: Corporations can fire employees based on sexual orientation

By Eric London, 28 July 2017

The Trump administration has launched a renewed offensive against the rights of LGBT people, and sections of the Democratic Party are adapting to the reactionary maneuvers.

Trump, targeting special counsel, bashes his own Justice Department

By Barry Grey, 27 July 2017

The bizarre spectacle of a president publicly humiliating his top law enforcement official is the latest expression of a political conflict within the state that is tearing apart Trump’s own administration.

Dropping the mask: A war of plunder in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2017

The long stalled plan for reviving the nearly 16-year US war in Afghanistan is being promoted in the Trump White House on the basis of profit and corporate plunder.

Way cleared for bipartisan attack on Medicaid

US Senate votes to open debate on Republican health care legislation

By Kate Randall, 26 July 2017

Despite certain tactical differences, both big business parties are in agreement on unprecedented cuts in health care and the dismantling of the core social programs dating from the 1930s and 1960s.

US Congress overwhelmingly passes sanctions bill targeting Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2017

The new sanctions, combined with measures that restrict the Trump administration’s ability to remove them, expose the essence of the anti-Russia campaign spearheaded by the US intelligence agencies.

Tenth immigrant dies in Texas trailer atrocity

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2017

The corporate media is saying nothing about the government officials, business interests and politicians who bear the overriding responsibility for these deaths.

Wave of immigration raids target youth falsely branded as “criminals”

By Norisa Diaz, 25 July 2017

As a result of the brutal raids, thousands of youth will be deported to the most violent countries in the world in what will amount to a death sentence for many.

US sanctions bill against Russia set for passage with bipartisan support

By Patrick Martin, 25 July 2017

The White House has dropped its opposition in the face of overwhelming support for the bill from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats.

Congressional Democrats unveil phony “Better Deal” ahead of 2018 midterms

By Josh Varlin, 25 July 2017

The Democrats hope to revive their electoral fortunes by engaging in empty sloganeering and threadbare rhetorical populism.

US squanders billions on new aircraft carrier

By Andre Damon, 25 July 2017

Donald Trump’s plans to vastly expand military spending will do nothing to offset the persistent decline of American capitalism, of which his administration is itself a malignant manifestation.

Former US intelligence chiefs urge Congress, executive to defy Trump

By Patrick Martin, 24 July 2017

Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper attacked Trump at a forum of the national security establishment in Aspen, Colorado.

American nightmare: Nine immigrants suffocate to death in trailer left in Texas parking lot

By Eric London, 24 July 2017

The 30 survivors of the horrific tragedy will likely be thrown into detention centers and promptly deported without the right to appear before a judge.

Trump threatens Iran, plots to scuttle nuclear accord

By Jordan Shilton, 24 July 2017

Trump’s bellicose remarks came just days after he reluctantly agreed to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear accord.

South Korea extends deadline for talks with the North

By Ben McGrath, 24 July 2017

Seoul has reassured Washington that its proposal is not meant to undermine the larger demand for the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Press secretary, legal spokesman resign

White House in turmoil as special counsel expands Russia probe

By Barry Grey, 22 July 2017

The US is passing through a crisis of capitalist rule without historical precedent, fueled by economic stagnation, growing social anger and intensifying geopolitical conflicts.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issues directive to revitalize civil forfeiture laws

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 July 2017

Sessions’s directive boosts a policy which has been responsible for the seizure of over $5 billion in cash and property from people suspected of a crime, even without a criminal charge, since the program was born in 1984.

Trump attacks his own Justice Department in Times interview

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2017

Trump denounced nearly every top official involved in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

Trump gives employers more temporary visas to exploit immigrant workers

By Jake Dean, 20 July 2017

Workers under the H-2 program are subjected to starvation wages and harsh working conditions.

Six months of the Trump administration: The working-class strategy against capitalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 20 July 2017

The development of a genuine movement against the Trump administration requires that workers and youth draw the necessary political conclusions from the experiences of the past six months.

Democrats press anti-Russia campaign, now targeting Trump son-in-law

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2017

Congressional Democratic leaders have demanded that Jared Kushner’s security clearance—required in his role as a top White House adviser—be revoked.

Trump administration prepares mass deportations

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2017

Any immigrant, picked up anywhere in the country, who is unable to prove residence in the US for the past 90 days, could be summarily deported.

Low birth weights, high stress levels among immigrant population in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2017

New studies show a link between severe health problems among immigrants, and anxieties caused by the US anti-immigrant policies under the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations.

Climate change and the struggle against capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2017

The main obstacles to a rational climate policy are capitalist private ownership of the means of production and the division of the world into rival nation-states.

Macron invites Trump for Bastille Day parade in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2017

The French president sent a clear message to Berlin that Paris could align itself with Washington in a more openly anti-German policy.

Revelation of meeting with Russian lawyer intensifies political crisis in Washington

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 13 July 2017

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has acquired explosive significance in the context of the ferocious political battle being waged in Washington.

Trump Jr. emails on meeting with Russian lawyer bring political warfare in Washington to fever pitch

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2017

Behind the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a furious struggle between the White House and the national security establishment over foreign policy.

Trump’s voter fraud commission forced to pause data collection

By Evan Blake, 12 July 2017

The commission, whose efforts to collect vast swaths of personal data violated multiple laws and regulations, has been set up to justify the disqualification of voters.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

Eighty arrested on Capitol Hill protesting legislation

Senate Republicans maneuver in effort to pass draconian health care bill

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2017

A new poll shows that only 17 percent of US adults approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, while 55 percent disapprove.

US strategic bombers conduct provocative drill near North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2017

The military exercise involving US B1-B bombers just before the G20 summit, was aimed at pressuring all countries, especially China, to take tough action against North Korea.

Democrats, media revive anti-Russia campaign after Trump-Putin meeting

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2017

The New York Times led the way with successive front-page reports on a year-old meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney and lobbyist.

Nine rural hospitals in the state have shut down since 2010

More rural Tennessee hospitals face closure under Republican health care plans

By Warren Duzak, 10 July 2017

Tennessee is the “canary in the coal mine” for rural hospitals across the country.

Court rejects Trump’s delay of methane rules

By Daniel de Vries, 8 July 2017

The decision is a minor setback for an administration charging ahead with environmental deregulation

Trump-Putin meeting deepens divisions in US establishment on Russia policy

By Barry Grey, 8 July 2017

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called the meeting “disgraceful” and denounced Trump for undermining “our Intelligence Community.”

New study shows Clinton lost election because of growing working class opposition to war

By Eric London, 8 July 2017

Communities that shifted to Trump “became more likely to vote against politicians perceived as orchestrating conflicts in which their friends and neighbors died.”

Trump speech in Poland fans conflict with Germany, Russia

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2017

The US president associated himself fully with the ultra-right policies pursued by the nationalistic PiS government in Warsaw.

Ahead of G20 summit

US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

By James Cogan, 6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

Trump’s attack on the press

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017

A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

Majority of states rebuff Trump voter fraud commission’s request for data

By Evan Blake, 3 July 2017

The aim of the commission is to promote the myth of widespread vote fraud in order to justify anti-democratic measures to restrict the right to vote.

The Supreme Court and Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders

By Tom Carter, 1 July 2017

The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, which permits Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim ban to go into effect, is one of the most significant cases in the history of the institution.

Trump’s travel ban back in effect after unanimous Supreme Court ruling

By Eric London, 30 June 2017

The new ban is a death sentence for many refugees seeking to escape the wars launched or fueled by US imperialism that are ravaging the region.

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 29 June 2017

The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans.

Trump and Modi trumpet Indo-US “strategic convergence”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2017

India is increasingly serving as a frontline state in US imperialism’s strategic confrontation with China.

Health care and the fight for socialism

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017

The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.

Intelligence chiefs escalate anti-Russia campaign

By Josh Varlin, 23 June 2017

Two top intelligence officials reportedly confirmed that President Trump asked them to clear his election campaign of charges of collusion with Russia.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

The New York Times steps up its anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2017

An editorial in Sunday’s Times on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is an exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.

Trump clamps down on US-Cuban travel and trade

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 June 2017

US imperialism’s most rapacious layers are convinced that, without Venezuelan support, the Cuban economy will collapse, allowing American corporations to reassert their dominance over the island.

US Treasury releases plan to roll back Dodd-Frank bank regulations

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2017

Stripping away parts of Dodd-Frank will remove its minimal restrictions on Wall Street’s speculative activities.

Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2017

Trump’s latest tweets increased the pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.

Trump administration withdraws Obama order protecting immigrant parents of US children

By Josh Varlin, 17 June 2017

The never-implemented DAPA program would have granted work permits and reprieves from deportation to some four million adults.

Gunman shot to death after opening fire on Republican congressmen, aides

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2017

The 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was reportedly opposed to President Trump and the Trump administration.

Second appellate court rules against Trump anti-Muslim travel ban

By John Burton, 15 June 2017

The panel ruled that Trump violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by not making the findings required under the INA and by using nationality as a criterion.