The Trump Presidency

Facing defeat in Republican-controlled House, Trump scuttles Obamacare replacement bill

By Barry Grey, 25 March 2017

Both Trump and the Democrats signaled their readiness to collaborate in devising new means to slash health care benefits.

Arrest of family in Geneseo, New York by US Border Patrol draws protest

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls on Democrats to declare national emergency over Trump’s “espionage”

By David Walsh, 25 March 2017

Moore months ago enthusiastically adopted the reactionary and diversionary anti-Russian campaign as his own.

Who is Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch?

By John Burton, 24 March 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee held four days of hearings on Trump’s right-wing nominee to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, restoring the 5-4 arch-conservative majority.

Tillerson pledges long-term US military role in Iraq and Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 23 March 2017

The Trump administration commitment to establish “interim zones of stability” in Syria will require a substantial increase in the US military presence in the country.

Political warfare flares over surveillance of Trump transition team

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2017

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told the press that he had learned of intercepts of communications by US intelligence involving Trump transition team members.

Trump aides sought military vehicles for inaugural parade

By our reporter, 23 March 2017

Pentagon emails released under the Freedom of Information Act have confirmed earlier reports in the Huffington Post.

Democratic Party floats proposal for a palace coup

By Andre Damon, 23 March 2017

An 'open letter' by Times columnist Thomas Friedman gives voice to tendencies in and around the Democratic Party that are prepared to welcome a palace coup that would impose a military/intelligence/corporate junta on the American people.

The return of the US-German conflict

By Johannes Stern, 22 March 2017

President Trump’s refusal to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hand during their photo-op in the Oval Office expressed the deepening tensions between the US and Germany.

US threatens more sanctions, military build-up against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2017

As the US secretary of state declared last week, all options, including military action against Pyongyang, are under consideration.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part two

By Esther Galen, 22 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

With over 630 killed in house fires so far this year

Trump budget proposes to end heating assistance, slash housing program

By Steve Filips, 22 March 2017

As federal housing aid comes under the axe, poor and working Americans continue to contend with stagnant wages, climbing utility bills and substandard housing.

Proposed Florida budget cuts to hit Holocaust survivors

By Matthew Taylor, 22 March 2017

The cuts are part of a larger $20 million budget cut proposal that would primarily affect programs that fund medical research and give aid to the elderly.

Democrats’ anti-Russia hysteria prepares the ground for war

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2017

The real target of Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing was Russia, not the Trump administration.

Trump’s voucher plan and the right-wing campaign to destroy public education

Part one

By Esther Galen, 21 March 2017

The budget proposed by the White House slashes public education funding but adds $1.4 billion to promote private and charter schools and school vouchers.

Trump met by protesters in Nashville, Tennessee

By Warren Duzak, 21 March 2017

Trump’s visit to Nashville attracted long lines of supporters together with some 2,500 demonstrators protesting his attacks on health care, education and immigrants.

Trump turns to American history

The strange political afterlife of Andrew Jackson

By Tom Mackaman, 21 March 2017

The political art of Jackson, which so inspires the Trump administration, consisted of his ability to obscure powerful contradictions behind a veil of nationalism and populist demagogy.

Trump, Tillerson press China for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017

Despite his muted public remarks in Beijing, the US secretary of state had already made clear that “all options,” including military ones, were on the table to deal with Pyongyang.

FBI director to testify on wiretapping, Russia hacking charges

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2017

James Comey will appear before the House Intelligence Committee, speaking publicly on both issues for the first time.

Despite Trump’s anti-immigrant hysteria, US polls show broad support for immigrants

By Eric London, 20 March 2017

A CNN poll shows that 90 percent of Americans, including 84 percent of Trump supporters, believe the government should help immigrants living in the US acquire citizenship.

Detroit refugee aid facility may close due to federal cuts

By our reporters, 20 March 2017

Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding.

Key House Republicans and Trump agree to Medicaid block grants, work requirements

By Kate Randall, 20 March 2017

Under a block grant, states would receive a fixed annual amount of federal funding, forcing them to either cut benefits or remove people from the program altogether

Merkel and Trump hold crisis talks in Washington

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2017

Tensions between Germany and the US have risen to their highest point since the end of the Second World War.

US threats against North Korea and the danger of war in Asia

By Andre Damon, 18 March 2017

As the Trump administration charts a course toward war in the Asia-Pacific, there is no discussion within the American media or political establishment of the catastrophic consequences.

US immigration bars Canadian nurses employed at Michigan hospitals

By Shannon Jones, 18 March 2017

Some Canadian nurses employed in the US have been blocked from entering the country by a more restrictive interpretation of US immigration policy.

International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative promote Democrats and courts as defenders of immigrants

By Eric London, 18 March 2017

The pseudo-left’s attempts to block an independent movement of the working class against capitalism facilitate Trump’s plans to deport millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending

By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2017

The budget proposes to increase spending on the military and homeland security by nearly $60 billion, while slashing spending on the environment and social programs.

The UAW’s corporatist alliance with Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 17 March 2017

UAW President Dennis Williams’ appearance Wednesday with President Donald Trump and the Big Three auto bosses to promote “American First” nationalism is further confirmation of the anti-working class character of the unions.

Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2017

The ruling cites numerous statements by candidate Donald Trump declaring his intention to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

Auto bosses, UAW join Trump at Michigan event to push nationalism and militarism

By Niles Niemuth, 16 March 2017

While signaling his readiness to boost company profits by weakening fuel economy standards, Trump called for the unity of employers and workers on the basis of economic nationalism.

US health care debate: A bipartisan drive to lower life expectancy

By Jerry White, 16 March 2017

The current debate obscures the basic motivation guiding both big business parties: to restrict access to affordable health care and sharply reduce the lifespan of American workers.

Trump administration secretly resumes CIA drone assassination program

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2017

The unannounced change in policy casts aside cosmetic restrictions imposed under Obama, allowing the CIA to freely function as Washington’s “Murder Inc.”

Nominee for US Food and Drug Administration commissioner has deep ties to drug industry

By Brad Dixon, 15 March 2017

Scott Gottlieb has close ties to the drug industry and, if confirmed, will work to roll back regulations at the FDA.

US ruling elite moves to repeal the 1960s

By Patrick Martin, 14 March 2017

With only token opposition from the Democrats, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are eviscerating what remains of the gains of the working class dating from the last period of social reform.

US government agency projects 24 million to lose health coverage under Republican plan

By Kate Randall, 14 March 2017

This massive surge in the uninsured would come largely on the backs of the poor through draconian cuts to Medicaid, effectively ending it as an entitlement program.

Immigrant workers in US brace for more workplace raids

By Jerry White, 14 March 2017

Mass deportations are being used to terrorize immigrant workers and give employers a free hand to undermine the wages and conditions of all workers.

Protesters in Rochester, New York oppose detention of José Coyote Pérez

By our reporters, 14 March 2017

Coyote Pérez was detained by ICE on February 24 and had spoken at a protest in Rochester on February 3—only three weeks before his detention.

Trump hails Australia’s draconian immigration regime

By Max Newman, 13 March 2017

The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.

US Attorney General Sessions praises Guantanamo as a “very fine place”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2017

Sessions call for sending new “enemy combatants” to the prison camp in Cuba is a measure of both the lawlessness of the new administration and its preparation of new wars of aggression.

Trump administration invokes “state secrets” in CIA torture case

By Barry Grey, 11 March 2017

Among the CIA officials the government is seeking to shield is Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel, who ran a secret torture site in Thailand in 2002.

Canada’s elite determined to stanch influx of refugees fleeing US

By Laurent Lafrance, 11 March 2017

The Liberal government has responded to a spike in asylum seekers by increasing border surveillance and deepening its collaboration with Washington.

Young woman targeted for opposing immigration policy as Trump steps up campaign of intimidation

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2017

In case after case, officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement are targeting longstanding US residents to spread fear and panic through immigrant communities.

“We’re bigger than ICE, all of us together!”

Los Angeles protest against deportation of Rómulo Avelica-González

By Zac Corrigan, Kevin Martinez and Marc Wells, 8 March 2017

A rally to oppose the detention and imminent deportation of the father of four, abducted while driving his daughter to school, was attended by about 100 people.

Trump administration maintains silence on claims of wiretapping by Obama

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2017

The heated allegations from both sides, Trump and his media and Democratic Party critics, arise from a bitter conflict within the US ruling elite over foreign policy.

The political issues in the “International Women’s Strike”

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2017

Both Women’s March and International Women’s Strike USA comprise organizations aligned with the Democratic Party, seeking to channel opposition to Trump behind the political establishment.

Trump issues new version of Muslim travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2017

The language of the new executive order bristles with Trump’s hatred for the judicial review and his contempt for democratic rights and constitutional norms.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part Four

By Eric London, 7 March 2017

The world is pulsing with billions of people burdened by economic exploitation and war and yet restricted from moving freely across the planet.

Trump administration document lays out trade war agenda

By Nick Beams, 7 March 2017

The Trump administration has issued a document making clear that it is taking aim at the World Trade Organisation and agreements that have governed international trade in the post-World War II period.

Bitter recriminations within the ruling class over Trump’s claim that Obama spied on his campaign

By Andre Damon, 6 March 2017

US politics was dominated over the weekend by mutual reproaches between the White House and intelligence agencies in a conflict that is centered on issues of foreign policy and war.

Trump administration escalates campaign of fear and terror against immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 6 March 2017

As stories proliferate of brutal arrests and deportations, the Trump administration is planning the deliberate separation of mothers and their children as a “deterrent” to immigrants.

Video: Daughters of Rómulo Avelica-González, detained for deportation in Los Angeles, speak out

By Genevieve Leigh and Andrea Ramos, 4 March 2017

Rómulo Avelica-González, long-time resident and father of four, was detained by Los Angeles ICE officials on Tuesday morning while dropping his daughters off at school.

Trump administration considers military strike against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2017

The leaked White House strategic review details are another indication that Trump is making action against North Korea a top priority.

Australian government flags “foreign policy reset” in response to Trump

By James Cogan, 4 March 2017

The Trump administration’s “America First” agenda has produced consternation within the political and strategic establishment.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from investigation as media, Democrats revive anti-Russian campaign

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2017

Democrats’ fulminations against Sessions have nothing to do with his reactionary and deeply antidemocratic actions in the three weeks since he became attorney general.

The Snap IPO: Trump agenda fuels an orgy of speculation

By Nick Beams, 3 March 2017

The massive rise in Snap Inc. stock took place amidst a surge in US markets, which has seen $3 trillion added to share values since the election of Trump.

Student walkouts oppose Trump’s vicious immigration policies

By Nancy Hanover, 3 March 2017

Young people across the US, opposing the Trump administration’s raids, roundups and arrests, have become outspoken in their defense of the democratic rights of all ethnicities and nationalities.

“They are just here trying to make a living for themselves and their families”

US auto workers speak out in defense of immigrants

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 March 2017

While the unions are aligning with Trump and his “America First” nationalism, workers are reacting against attempts of the administration to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria.

Wall Street, media celebrate Trump’s address to Congress

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2017

Wall Street soared to record highs as media commentators praised Trump’s speech, which promised tax cuts for businesses, the slashing of workplace and anti-pollution regulations, and a massive military build-up.

US immigration authorities expand dragnet raids

By Zaida Green, 2 March 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, encouraged by the Trump administration, are sweeping up growing numbers of undocumented workers in “collateral” arrests.

US private prison industry thrives under Trump

By Shelley Connor, 2 March 2017

The policies of the Trump administration benefit the private prison industry at the expense of inmates and their health.

A revealing episode: Sanders applauds Trump during speech before Congress

By Jerry White, 2 March 2017

Sanders’ calculated applause for Trump’s economic nationalist policies during the speech on Tuesday night says much about Sanders’ politics and the role assigned to him.

Behind the anti-Semitic and racist attacks in the US

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2017

The coming to power of the Trump administration has encouraged the most reactionary, racist and backward forces in American society.

Trump’s speech outlines plans for class war at home and war abroad

By Andre Damon, 1 March 2017

In addressing Congress, Trump reaffirmed his core goals: economic nationalism, the scapegoating of immigrants, the expansion of the military and the elimination of restraints on corporations.

Popular outcry against murder of Indian immigrant in US

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 1 March 2017

Working people in India and America are drawing the connection between last week’s killing of an Indian immigrant and the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant witch hunt.

Michigan father receives unusual waiver from deportation

By Lawrence Porter, 1 March 2017

Several hundred people gathered outside the federal building in Detroit on Tuesday to protest as Yousef Ajin faced his deportation hearing.

Thousands flee as US artillery and air strikes intensify in Mosul offensive

By Jordan Shilton, 1 March 2017

The brutal offensive on Iraq’s second-largest city has already displaced upwards of 200,000 civilians, including 8,000 over the past week.

The Trump administration and the crisis of American capitalism

By Joseph Kishore, 28 February 2017

It is impossible to separate the fight against the Trump administration from the fight against the social and economic order that has produced it: capitalism.

Trump proposes huge hike in military and police spending

By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2017

A budget outline presented by the White House Monday calls for a $54 billion increase in military and police spending, offset by an equal cut in domestic social spending.

Trump steps up trade war agenda

By Nick Beams, 28 February 2017

The objective logic of Trump’s agenda of economic war, based on “America First” leads inexorably to military conflict.

Immigration under capitalism: Life and death along the US-Mexico border

Part One

By Eric London, 28 February 2017

The WSWS recently interviewed an immigrant mother who escaped from El Salvador in February and was captured by the Border Patrol last week.

Democrats, media step up right-wing campaign on alleged Trump-Russia ties

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2017

There is mounting pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The assault on immigrants and the specter of a US police state

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2017

Boasting of having “taken the shackles off” of ICE and Border Patrol agents for a crackdown against immigrants, the Trump administration is preparing police state measures against the working class as a whole.

Trump attacks media in diatribe to Conservative Political Action Conference

By Joseph Kishore, 25 February 2017

Trump’s remarks before the ultra-right gathering of Republican Party activists reprised many of the “America First” themes in his inaugural address delivered one month ago.

One dead, two injured in anti-immigrant shooting in Kansas

By Shelley Connor, 25 February 2017

On Wednesday night, 51-year-old Adam Purinton shot two Indian immigrants in an Olathe, Kansas bar after harassing them with racial slurs and shouting at them, “Get out of my country!”

Amid Mexico talks, Trump calls deportations a “military operation”

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2017

The president’s provocative statement came as his secretaries of State and Homeland Security were in Mexico attempting to secure the collaboration of the Peña Nieto government.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

By Toby Reese, 24 February 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported for a third time after attempting to cross back into the US, where he had previously worked.

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2017

The Canadian government’s response to the spike in asylum-seekers has been a combination of callous indifference and outright hostility.

Violent arrests as police begin evacuating Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp

By Zaida Green, 23 February 2017

The eviction orders from the US Army Corps of Engineers and the North Dakota governor come as developers rush to complete the pipeline.

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2017

The extravagant praise for Trump’s choice as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, exposes the complete abandonment of such basic democratic principles as civilian control of the military.

Supreme Court hears arguments in murder of Mexican teen by US Border Patrol

By Barry Grey, 23 February 2017

The slaying of Sergio Hernandez was part of a pervasive pattern of wanton violence carried out on the Mexican border by US border police.

Trump administration revokes transgender rights guidance issued by Obama administration

By Shelley Connor, 23 February 2017

Guidelines for public schools that allowed transgender students to choose bathrooms matching their gender identity were rescinded on Wednesday.

“If you don’t have an education, you don’t have a life”

Teachers speak out on the schools crisis and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

By Nancy Hanover, 23 February 2017

Teachers spoke to the WSWS on the Trump administration and the attack on public education.

US unions back Trump’s ultra-right “America First” program

By Jerry White, 23 February 2017

It was the socialists who opposed nativism and racism and waged a struggle to unify all workers, black and white, native-born and immigrant, against the divide-and-conquer strategy of the employers.

Trump administration adopts ruthless new immigration protocol

By Eric London, 22 February 2017

Press Secretary Sean Spicer made clear that immigrants with criminal histories are only the first targets of Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017

The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.

Organizers of London anti-Trump protests push pro-EU agenda

By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2017

Numbers at the London protest were around a tenth of the size of that which converged on Downing Street on January 30, after Trump’s anti-Muslim ban was ordered.

Mounting anti-Semitic attacks in US draw half-hearted response from Trump

By Niles Niemuth, 22 February 2017

Since January, there have been 68 bomb threats at 53 community centers in 26 states and one in Canada, and some 200 headstones toppled at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.

US defense chief arrives in Iraq amid renewed assault on Mosul

By Jordan Shilton, 22 February 2017

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will soon recommend an escalation of US military involvement in both Iraq and Syria.

Talk show host Bill Maher: Intelligence agencies “our last line of defense”

By David Walsh, 22 February 2017

In an extraordinarily foul outburst February 17, HBO’s Maher referred approvingly to Egypt and Turkey as countries where intelligence agencies had intervened against a “crazy” dictator.

Trump names Iraq war general and militarist as national security adviser

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2017

The selection of McMaster is seen as a concession to the anti-Russian campaign waged by the intelligence agencies, the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party.

Trump’s Homeland Security memos: Millions at risk of deportation as crackdown looms

By Eric London, 21 February 2017

The Trump administration plans on finalizing and adopting the leaked Department of Homeland Security memos detailing sweeping deportation plans.

Anti-Trump “Not My President’s Day” protests draw thousands across the US

By our reporters, 21 February 2017

WSWS reporters spoke to protesters in New York and Chicago who joined thousands of others to voice their opposition to the policies of the Trump administration.

Workers in US fired for participating in pro-immigrant protests

By Nick Barrickman, 21 February 2017

More than 100 workers across the US faced retaliation from their employers for participating in last Thursday’s “A Day without Immigrants” protests.

MPs debate Trump state visit to Britain as tens of thousands protest

By Julie Hyland, 21 February 2017

Some 1.85 million people signed a petition urging the government not to make the visit by US President Donald Trump an official state affair.

How many people would die in a war between the US and Russia?

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2017

Amidst the non-stop anti-Russian hysteria from the media and the Democratic Party, no one is posing the question: What will be the consequences of a war with Russia?

Trump White House under mounting pressure from anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2017

Seven congressional committees are now engaged in investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, including contacts with the Trump campaign.

After one month of the Trump administration, protests continue across the US

By our reporters, 20 February 2017

Demonstrators turned out in the thousands for the fourth weekend in a row to express their hostility to the reactionary policies being implemented by the Trump administration.

US-European tensions remain despite reassurances on NATO

By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2017

Speeches in Munich swearing US fealty to NATO and taking a hard line on Russia failed to quell fears that Trump’s “America First” policy will be pursued at Europe’s expense.

Proposed Trump state visit provokes crisis in British ruling circles

By Robert Stevens, 20 February 2017

Trump’s proposed state visit to the UK at the invitation of the May government has become a battleground for rival factions within ruling circles.

Seventy-five years after FDR’s Japanese internment order, Trump prepares mass immigrant roundup

By Eric London, 20 February 2017

The attack on immigrants has been prepared by both the Democratic and Republican parties, which have jointly cultivated a climate of anti-immigrant xenophobia to advance their policies of war and social counterrevolution.