The Trump Presidency

Trump’s speech in Riyadh signals US escalation against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2017

Riddled with hypocrisy, clichés and absurdities, Trump’s speech, before an assembly of monarchs and despots in Saudi Arabia, spelled out an agenda of escalating US militarism.

Washington Post and New York Times urge pullback on calls for Trump impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2017

The two newspapers have served as the main mouthpieces for opposition to Trump within the military-intelligence apparatus.

New report: Current Trump official a “person of interest” in FBI probe of White House-Russia ties

By Barry Grey, 20 May 2017

The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI-special counsel investigation of Trump-Russia ties is targeting current as well as past Trump aides.

Three dead in US immigration custody in one week, two from suicide

By Genevieve Leigh, 20 May 2017

Eight people have died in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since October, while the Trump administration arrested 41,000 immigrants in the first three months of 2017.

Trump lashes out at investigation of alleged Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 19 May 2017

On Twitter, and at a press conference, the US president denounced the investigation conducted by his own Department of Justice as a “witch hunt.”

Trump administration education budget proposes $10.6 billion in cuts

By Shelley Connor, 19 May 2017

The budget would eliminate student loan forgiveness programs while simultaneously allocating millions of dollars to student debt collection and charter schools.

Democrats appeal to military in campaign against Trump

By Andre Damon, 19 May 2017

Amid the deepening factional struggle gripping Washington, sections of the political establishment are calling for the military to step in.

Justice Department appoints special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia claims

By Andre Damon, 18 May 2017

The appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia marks a new stage in the factional battle raging in Washington.

Trump White House in disarray amidst charges it sought to block FBI investigation into Flynn

By Patrick Martin, 17 May 2017

The New York Times report which broke the allegation is based on material supplied by high-ranking FBI officials.

Erdogan’s White House visit papers over US-Turkish tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2017

While the Turkish leader publicly condemned the US arming of Syrian Kurdish fighters, there appeared no prospect that he would shift the Pentagon’s policy.

The working class must intervene with its own program in the political crisis in Washington

By Joseph Kishore, 17 May 2017

A conflict is unfolding across the United States of a very different character than the crisis gripping Washington—a conflict between the working class and the capitalist class.

International Socialist Organization lines up behind Democrats’ anti-Russian campaign against Trump

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2017

The ISO’s article on the firing of Comey articulates the interests of the social layers for which ISO speaks—wealthy, complacent and corrupt sections of the upper-middle class that are separated by an enormous class chasm from the working class.

Media claims Trump revealed classified information to Russian visitors

By Patrick Martin, 16 May 2017

The Washington Post report sparked a round of media claims that Trump was sharing “state secrets” with Moscow.

White supremacists hold rallies defending Confederate monuments in Virginia

By Tom Hall, 16 May 2017

Among the crowd Saturday was neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, the self-proclaimed “founder” of the alt-right movement, which has close ties to the Trump administration.

Trump establishes commission to attack the right to vote

By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2017

Trump signed an executive order May 11 to create the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, a bipartisan commission to investigate alleged voter fraud.

Yemenis dying of cholera as Trump meets with UAE ruler

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2017

The Trump administration is arming the UAE and Saudi Arabia to the teeth as the two regimes wage a savage war against the starving population of Yemen.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A breakdown of constitutional government

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2017

Decades of social and political reaction, unending war and the artificial suppression of class conflict are coming to a head.

US education chief Betsy DeVos plots school privatization with venture capitalists

By Nancy Hanover, 15 May 2017

Addressing venture capitalists last week, DeVos made common cause with school privatizers looking to cash in on a “mind-boggling trillion dollar” education market.

The political and social roots of the Democratic Party’s anti-Russia hysteria

By Andre Damon, 13 May 2017

The crisis surrounding the firing of FBI Director James Comey has been seized on by the Democratic Party and much of the media to escalate their anti-Russian campaign.

Hundreds of US citizens arrested in joint immigration-police roundup

By Niles Niemuth, 13 May 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents working with local law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 1,300 people since March.

Trump threatens Comey over leaked account of White House dinner

By Barry Grey, 13 May 2017

The obvious attempt to intimidate Comey has emboldened those claiming that Trump’s firing of the FBI director is an obstruction of justice.

Mounting contradictions as Trump, aides defend firing of FBI director

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2017

The twists and turns in the White House accounts of why and how the decision was made to fire FBI Director James Comey are signs of deepening political crisis.

Washington’s political crisis over the Comey firing: A harbinger of revolutionary upheavals

By Joseph Kishore, 12 May 2017

The political crisis gripping the Trump administration has far-reaching consequences and implications for both the United States and the entire world.

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos booed by students at Florida college

By Nick Barrickman, 12 May 2017

The decision to provide DeVos a platform at Bethune-Cookman University was widely criticized and protested against by students in the days leading up to the event.

Washington seeks greater crackdown on the Central American working class

By Andrea Lobo, 12 May 2017

The US secretary of Homeland Security outlined a Central America policy focusing on deterring migration and militarizing the region in preparation for social upheavals and war.

The Nation blames white workers for Trump's election

Once again on race and the 2016 elections

By Eric London, 12 May 2017

The Nation magazine claims to have definitively proven that Trump is president because white workers are racist.

After White House dismissal of FBI director

Republicans reject Democratic demands for special prosecutor

By Barry Grey, 11 May 2017

The Democratic Party seized on the firing of Comey to escalate its reactionary campaign for stepped-up aggression against Russia and Russian allies such as Syria and Iran.

Trump’s firing of Comey: A new stage in the crisis of class rule

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2017

The working class must adopt a standpoint of complete opposition to both of the warring factions of the ruling elite.

Trump firing of FBI director touches off political storm

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Democrats condemned the firing of FBI Director James Comey and demanded the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Senate hearing revives Democratic campaign over alleged Trump-Russia connections

By Patrick Martin, 10 May 2017

Testimony by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates gave new details on the circumstances surrounding the firing of Trump’s first national security adviser, Gen. Michael Flynn.

Washington prepares to send up to 5,000 more troops into Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2017

The planned escalation of US imperialism’s longest war involves not only more “boots on the ground,” but also ceding control of the war to US military commanders.

Sister of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner pitches investment-for-visa scheme in China

By Joseph Kishore, 10 May 2017

The White House has become a vehicle for Trump and his extended family to pursue their far-flung business interests, resulting in a government that shamelessly combines personal profit and state policy.

A new stage in the US health care counterrevolution

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2017

The passage of the American Health Care Act by the House of Representatives sets the pace for devastating cuts in health care for working people, to fund a windfall for the financial oligarchy.

Republican health care bill targets millions with preexisting conditions

By Kate Randall, 6 May 2017

Shameless lies are being used to promote a thoroughly regressive bill that builds on Obama’s pro-corporate Affordable Care Act and expands its assault on health care.

Trump and Australian PM Turnbull stage mutual embrace in New York

By Mike Head, 6 May 2017

A ceremonial dinner to highlight the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea against Japan became a platform for vows to “fight together” in Asia and the Middle East.

House Republicans pass draconian health care legislation

Bill would end Medicaid as a guaranteed program based on need

By Kate Randall, 5 May 2017

The American Health Care Act is a reactionary bill that builds on the regressive, pro-corporate framework of the legislation popularly known as Obamacare.

US show of force intensifies pressure on North Korea and China

By Mike Head, 5 May 2017

Two military displays in two days have escalated the tensions on the Korean Peninsula produced by the Trump administration’s threats of military action.

Pentagon in talks with Baghdad on permanent US occupation of Iraq

By Bill Van Auken, 5 May 2017

The discussions are unfolding in the shadow of the US-backed siege of Mosul, which continues to inflict mass civilian casualties.

Senate hearing gives a glimpse of political warfare within the FBI

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2017

The police agency was divided into rival factions, each using media leaks and political provocations in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Woman faces year in jail after laughing at US attorney general confirmation hearing

By Marcus Day, 5 May 2017

In an effort by the Trump administration to further criminalize and intimidate political opposition, a woman and two men each face up to a year in jail and $2,000 in fines for their protest.

The human cost of the US-Mexico border: More than 6,000 bodies found since 2000

By Eric London, 5 May 2017

The mass casualties along the US-Mexico border are the outcome of deliberate policies of the US government, both Democrat and Republican, going back at least two decades.

Trump on Jackson and the Civil War: Historical ignorance and the decline of the American presidency

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2017

In recent comments, the president said the Civil War was an avoidable mistake and that Andrew Jackson was angered by it—though Jackson had been dead for 16 years at the war’s outbreak.

US sends B-1 strategic bombers over South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2017

The US military build-up has raised tensions on the Korean Peninsula to fever pitch, threatening to trigger a devastating conflict.

House Republicans scramble for votes to pass draconian health care bill

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 3 May 2017

The amended version of the Trump administration’s American Health Care Act would impose an even more savage attack on health care for millions of people than the original.

Washington budgets an extra $120 million for guarding the Trumps

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2017

The massive security bill, approved by both Democrats and Republicans, assures that the president can pursue his oligarchic lifestyle while demanding vast cuts from the population.

Trump suggests talks while preparing for war with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 2 May 2017

Trump’s offer to meet Kim Jong-un is effectively an ultimatum: accept US terms for negotiations or confront the prospect of war.

Trump invites Philippine President Duterte to the White House

By Joseph Santolan, 2 May 2017

As part of the advanced preparations for war with North Korea, Trump has called the Philippine president with an invitation for a state visit to Washington.

Democrats agree to increase military and border spending while cutting food stamps

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2017

Republicans hailed the agreement as a down payment on Trump’s demands for a $54 billion increase in the Pentagon budget to be paid for with cuts in social programs.

Trump again warns North Korea against nuclear testing

By Peter Symonds, 1 May 2017

Washington is, in effect, blackmailing Beijing, warning that if China does not bring North Korea to heel, the US will do so through military means.

People’s Climate March protests Trump attacks on environment

By Patrick Martin, 1 May 2017

The march's agenda overlapped with that of the April 22 March for Science, but it was more closely tied to the Democratic Party and the trade unions.

US economic growth slumps to slowest pace in three years

By Barry Grey, 29 April 2017

Friday’s report underscores the disconnect between the rising fortunes of the corporate oligarchy and the continuing fall in living standards for broad sections of the population.

Trump’s FCC chairman issues plan to overturn 2015 “net neutrality” rules

By Kevin Reed, 29 April 2017

Net neutrality is the principle that the transmission of data over the Internet must be treated equally, without regard to content, purpose or originating source.

Trump prepares to gut Federal land protections

By Daniel de Vries, 28 April 2017

The executive order signed Wednesday orders a review of national monuments on behalf of energy and mining interests.

Trump steps up trade war over NAFTA

By Nick Beams, 28 April 2017

The Trump administration has signalled that it will take an aggressive economic nationalist stance in negotiations on NAFTA after making moves to withdraw altogether.

The Trump tax plan: More money for the oligarchs

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2017

With the people of America and the world facing ever worsening social conditions and the looming threat of world war, the top priority of the US political establishment is to hand over trillions more to the financial elite.

Trump tax cuts: A bonanza for corporations and the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2017

The proposal unveiled Wednesday would channel trillions of dollars into the pockets of the financial elite at the expense of social programs and working class living standards.

US tests missile in Pacific as it escalates threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 26 April 2017

The provocatively-timed US test again underscores where the real risk of nuclear war resides—in Washington.

Behind funding deadline theatrics, Democrats back Trump’s war on immigrants, increased military spending

By Barry Grey, 26 April 2017

Charles Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, attacked the plan for a border wall while declaring that a combination of border policing and new technology, including drones, would be “a much more effective way to secure the border.”

More voices of the March for Science

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

Dozens of scientists, students, workers and other supporters of science spoke with Socialist Equality Party supporters during marches on April 22.

Trump summons the Senate to the White House

By Andre Damon, 26 April 2017

The entire US Senate will go to the White House today to be briefed by military officials on preparations for a possible military strike against North Korea.

US naval “armada” menaces North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2017

The nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, is due to arrive in South Korea today where it will be joined by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group.

US defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 25 April 2017

Mattis arrived in Kabul as his Afghan counterpart and other top military commanders were resigning over a disastrous Taliban attack that killed nearly 200 troops.

Voices of the March for Science

By our reporters, 25 April 2017

Dozens of scientists, students, workers and other supporters of science spoke with Socialist Equality Party supporters during marches on April 22.

Detroit father deported after 19 years in the US

By Tyler Van Dyke, 25 April 2017

Mario Hernandez-Delacruz was deported earlier this month and faces being barred from visiting his family in the United States for up to 20 years.

IMF meeting signals descent into global trade war

By Nick Beams, 24 April 2017

Pledges to “resist protectionism,” long included in statements issued by the world’s major global economic institutions, are now regarded as too controversial.

Hundreds of thousands march worldwide to defend science

By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2017

More than 600 marches and protests were held in support of the main demonstration in Washington, DC, which drew about 75,000 people.

Pence’s Asian tour reinforces US threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 24 April 2017

Without any public consultation, the US and its allies are placing millions of people at risk of a devastating nuclear war.

Hawaii to modernize nuclear fallout shelters

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2017

As the Trump administration threatens to strike nuclear-armed North Korea, Hawaii is requesting the Pentagon's assistance in updating nuclear fallout shelters and disaster plans.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

Homeland Security chief defends deportation of DREAMer immigrant

By Shelley Connor, 22 April 2017

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly defended the deportation of Juan Manuel Montes, a Mexican native expelled from the US in February despite being actively enrolled in the DACA program.

Hundreds of thousands to participate in worldwide “March for Science”

By Bryan Dyne, 22 April 2017

Scientists, researchers, workers and youth are marching today in at least 130 countries encompassing six continents in the world’s largest pro-science demonstration to date.

Tense standoff continues on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017

The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.

US defense secretary targets Syria with chemical weapons allegation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2017

The charge against Damascus is aimed at providing a pretext for renewed US aggression.

Canadian government seeks to placate Trump following NAFTA comments

By Roger Jordan, 22 April 2017

Trump’s sharp criticism of Canada over its trading practices in a number of economic sectors prompted a conciliatory response from Ottawa.

US steps up campaign against Julian Assange

By Barry Grey, 22 April 2017

The World Socialist Web Site condemns the reported preparations of the US Justice Department to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with espionage and issue an arrest warrant against him.

US government and media ratchet up threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 21 April 2017

The Trump administration’s ultimatums are intensifying the risk that miscalculations could trigger a conflict that would endanger the lives of millions of people.

Unions collaborate with Trump to push trade war and militarism

By Jerry White, 21 April 2017

The anti-working class AFL-CIO is providing the deeply hated president with critical political support as he prepares for war and a massive assault on jobs and social programs.

Washington threatens war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2017

Secretary of State Tillerson made clear that Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement would do nothing to prevent US military aggression.

US secretary of state issues war threat against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2017

The administration indicated it will review all sanctions lifted as part of the agreement, with an eye toward reimposing them on the phony pretext that Tehran is a “state sponsor” of terrorism.

First reported deportation of “DREAMer” immigrant protected under Obama-era program

By Barry Grey, 20 April 2017

The response of the Trump administration to the suit filed by Montes is indicative of its contempt for democratic rights and the savage character of its dragnet against immigrants.

Trump pushes reactionary “Buy American, Hire American” plan

By Jerry White, 19 April 2017

Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday restricting visas for skilled immigrant workers and mandating the use of domestic products in federal projects.

US continues dangerous brinkmanship with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2017

By keeping the world guessing as to what he will do, Trump has added a great deal of uncertainty into an already precarious situation and heightened the danger of conflict.

White House divided on future of Paris climate agreement

By Daniel de Vries, 19 April 2017

Debate is raging within the Trump administration over whether to carry through on the president’s campaign promise to withdraw from the 2015 climate change accord.

Immigrant arrests up 33 percent since Trump inauguration

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2017

The swelling total of detained immigrants, many of them with no criminal record, is clogging the courts and detention centers.

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2017

Statements from US officials have laid bare the recklessness of the tactics being pursued by Washington, threatening a war on the Korean peninsula involving the use of nuclear weapons and the deaths of millions.

Trade spat precedes IMF meeting

By Nick Beams, 18 April 2017

While forecasting a “cyclical recovery”, IMF managing director, Christine Lagarde has said a “sword of protectionism” hangs over the world economy.

Ultra-right libertarian to run the US Education Office of Civil Rights

By Nancy Hanover, 18 April 2017

A look at the ideological and political history of Candice Jackson, named by US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to head up the education department’s Office of Civil Rights.

US threats of war against North Korea continue

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2017

The Trump administration is continuing to warn that military force could be used in response to any nuclear or missile test by Pyongyang.

Democrats push anti-Russian campaign at “tax day” protests

By our reporters, 17 April 2017

While several tens of thousands participated across the country, the turnout fell far short of previous anti-Trump protests.

Russia and Iran issue warning against further US attack on Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 15 April 2017

Russia and Iran warned that any US attack in Syria would have “grave consequences” for the region and the world.

Trump makes pro-insurance company changes to Obamacare

By Kate Randall, 15 April 2017

The giant private insurers claim that Americans are “gaming” the ACA by signing up only when they get sick and dropping out after receiving medical treatment.

Trump’s new federal law blocks state funding for Planned Parenthood

By Kathleen Martin, 15 April 2017

The move is part of a broader attack on healthcare and the right to abortion services.

Media, political establishment treat dropping of biggest bomb since Hiroshima as nonevent

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2017

The first-ever use in combat of the most destructive nonnuclear weapon in the US arsenal evoked no significant protest from either the media or the political establishment in the US and Europe.

Trump plans detention force and network of camps for immigrants

By Eric London, 14 April 2017

According to a memo made public by the Washington Post, the total number of immigrants detained will rise to a daily average of 70,000.

Talks in Moscow fail to dispel rising US-Russian tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2017

Five hours of talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian officials left relations between the two major nuclear powers at what both sides described as a low point.

US claims of Syria nerve gas attack: The anatomy of a lie

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2017

All available evidence suggests that the tragedy in Khan Sheikhoun is a deliberate provocation organized by the American CIA and its clients among the Syrian “rebels.”

Trump’s attorney general threatens immigrants in speech at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 13 April 2017

Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.

Trump administration orders federal agencies to begin cutting jobs and programs

By Zaida Green, 13 April 2017

The memo ends the federal hiring freeze and orders agencies to take “immediate actions” to cut jobs to comply with the federal budget for 2018.

Tensions “highest since Cold War” as US secretary of state arrives in Moscow

By Bill Van Auken, 12 April 2017

On the eve of Secretary of State Tillerson’s meetings in Moscow, Russian President Putin warned of new chemical weapons provocations to justify more US attacks on Syria.

Trump threatens North Korea, issues ultimatum to China

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2017

Trump is preparing to attack North Korea if China fails to heed his dictates and Pyongyang conducts another nuclear or missile test.