The Trump Presidency

Trump and DeVos deepen the assault on public higher education

By Nancy Hanover, 6 September 2017

Public universities and colleges in the US are being starved of funding, while the Trump administration escalates its support to for-profit institutions.

What is behind the 57-hour San Diego/Tijuana border closure and renovation?

By Norisa Diaz, 6 September 2017

The expansion of the San Ysidro border crossing is not to improve the lives of working people, but to allow for the more efficient exploitation of their labor by multinational corporations.

The US faces off against China and Russia over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2017

In a provocative speech in the UN, US ambassador Nikki Haley not only targeted North Korea over its nuclear test, but also threatened China and Russia.

As school year starts teachers, parents and students face political struggle to defend public education

By Phyllis Steele, 5 September 2017

Nearly 50 million public school students are starting the new school year, along with more than four million teachers and support staff.

Trump, North Korea and the danger of world war

By Peter Symonds, 4 September 2017

While North Korea’s nuclear test certainly compounds the risk of conflict, the prime responsibility for pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war rests with US imperialism.

Washington is preparing for nuclear war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 2 September 2017

Amid mounting military and diplomatic tensions between the US and Russia, Congress has taken the first steps toward annulling the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Bannon realigns Breitbart political strategy after removal from Trump administration

By Eric London, 2 September 2017

With Stephen Bannon and Sebastian Gorka gone from the White House, the fascistic network around \ Breitbart News is developing its strategy of building a far-right nationalist movement.

Israel visit by Jared Kushner confirms demise of Middle East peace process

By Jean Shaoul, 2 September 2017

Emboldened by Trump’s support, Israel has expanded its West Bank settlements.

Canada toes Trump administration’s provocative line on North Korea

By Roger Jordan, 2 September 2017

Citing the alleged threat from North Korea, a growing number of Liberal politicians are urging Canada to join Washington’s ballistic missile defence shield.

Pakistan boycotts talks with US, rejects role for India in Afghanistan

By Sampath Perera, 1 September 2017

US President Trump’s Afghanistan strategy has provoked an angry reaction in Islamabad.

Trump begins campaign for huge tax cut for business and the wealthy

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2017

There is widespread support from Democrats on proposals to reduce the corporate tax rate, the centerpiece of the Trump administration tax plan, and repatriate offshore earnings.

As Trump gloats over “success” of government response to Hurricane Harvey

Reservoir breaches in Houston threaten more death and destruction

By Kate Randall, 30 August 2017

While floodwaters continued to rise in Houston, Governor Abbott and President Trump praised one another and hailed the government response to the disaster.

Trump threatens North Korea with war

By Peter Symonds, 30 August 2017

By declaring “all options are on the table,” Trump effectively ruled out strong hints last week that a peaceful solution to the standoff could be found.

Amid high tensions, North Korea fires intermediate-range missile over Japan

By Peter Symonds, 29 August 2017

US and South Korean military commanders reportedly agreed to an early, tough response, including “military measures,” to demonstrate “the alliance’s strong will.”

Trump orders resumption of military supplies to local police

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2017

The program to supply military gear to local police allows the Pentagon to transfer equipment ranging from body armor to tanks, at no cost to the local or state government.

Trump pardons former Arizona Sheriff: A green light for anti-immigrant violence and repression

By Kevin Martinez and Patrick Martin, 28 August 2017

The pardoning of former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of illegally detaining immigrants, is intended to encourage fascistic elements such as those who rioted in Charlottesville.

Capitalism and the Houston flood catastrophe

By Tom Hall, 28 August 2017

Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, a major hurricane has once against exposed the brutal reality of class relations in the United States.

Muted US response to North Korean short-range missile launches

By Peter Symonds, 28 August 2017

While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested that talks might be possible, he has continued to stress that the US still has a military option to deal with North Korea.

Why is the media promoting Antifa?

By Gabriel Black, 28 August 2017

As part of its efforts to disorient popular opposition, the media has promoted the anti-Russia campaign, racialist politics and… anarchists involved in punch-ups with Nazi demonstrators.

Central bankers at Jackson Hole conference: What was not said and why

By Nick Beams, 28 August 2017

In their speeches, neither Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen nor European Central Bank head Mario Draghi even mentioned the massive asset purchases carried out over the past eight years.

Amid warnings of a new financial crash, Fed Chairwoman promotes illusions at Jackson Hole conference

By Nick Beams, 26 August 2017

Yellen extolled the achievements of the Federal Reserve in putting in place measures to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis.

DreamHost ordered to hand over data on anti-Trump website: The criminalization of political dissent

By Joseph Kishore, 26 August 2017

The court decision that DreamHost must turn over information on the individuals associated with disruptj20.org is a chilling assault on free speech.

Fourth collision this year shows stress on US Pacific fleet

By Patrick Martin, 26 August 2017

The disasters point to a deep erosion of morale as the Navy has engaged in a high tempo of operations, particularly amid the US confrontation with North Korea.

Millions evacuate as Hurricane Harvey hits Texas

By Genevieve Leigh, 26 August 2017

While millions fled for safety from the category four hurricane, ICE kept its immigration checkpoints in Texas open.

German government backs Trump’s military escalation in Afghanistan

By Johannes Stern, 24 August 2017

The same politicians and media outlets that criticized Trump’s response to the fascist rampage in Charlottesville are now fully behind his escalation of war in Afghanistan.

Trump continues far-right agitation in Phoenix speech

By Barry Grey, 24 August 2017

The speech made clear that the removal of Bannon and consolidation of Pentagon and Wall Street control will not halt Trump’s efforts to build a fascistic base of support.

The “military-industrial complex” in power

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2017

The ruling elite has used the crisis surrounding the president’s endorsement of the neo-fascist rampage in Charlottesville, Virginia to consolidate the grip of the military over the White House.

US air strike slaughters over 40 civilians in Syria

By Jordan Shilton, 23 August 2017

Increased US-led air strikes on the city of Raqqa over the past week have resulted in 167 civilian casualties, including 59 children.

US hits China, Russia with punitive sanctions over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2017

The targeting of Chinese companies makes clear that Washington is exploiting the tense standoff with North Korea as part of its wider confrontation with Beijing.

Trump’s speech on Afghanistan: The military in command

By Joseph Kishore, 23 August 2017

Trump’s speech on Afghan policy was a declaration of war on the world that revealed an unprecedented level of military control over the American government.

Trump gives military green light to escalate Afghanistan war

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2017

The nationally televised address to a military audience sets the stage for a massive increase in bloodshed in a country where the United States has waged war for 16 years.

Behind the political warfare in the US: Rising fears of financial collapse, social unrest

By Nick Beams, 22 August 2017

There are growing concerns in US and global financial circles that the rise in the US stock market that accelerated with the election of Donald Trump is heading for a major downturn.

Diplomatic row escalates tensions as US limits visa services in Russia

By Niles Niemuth, 22 August 2017

The US Embassy in Moscow announced Monday that it would curtail the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in response to the expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats and contractors.

US naval collision raises questions about morale, training

By Peter Symonds, 22 August 2017

The USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker yesterday morning in waters near Singapore, leaving five sailors injured and 10 missing.

Vice President Pence visits Latin America amid deepening Venezuelan crisis

By Andrea Lobo, 22 August 2017

Pence compared Trump’s “vision” to that of Theodore Roosevelt, making clear that Washington intends to reassert US hegemony in the region.

One week after Charlottesville

Big business, military tighten their grip on Washington

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2017

The ruling class is seeking to divert popular opposition to Trump behind a palace coup aimed at consolidating the political domination of the military and the corporate/financial elite.

US pushes ahead with provocative war games in South Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 August 2017

By proceeding with the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian exercises, the US is once again deliberately inflaming its confrontation with North Korea.

Forty thousand protest in Boston against Trump and fascist groups

By Kate Randall, 21 August 2017

The protest followed by one week the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen marched through the university town and assaulted counter-demonstrators, resulting in the death of a young woman.

US takes major step toward trade war with China

By Nick Beams, 21 August 2017

Stephen Bannon has been forced out as Trump’s chief strategist, but his agenda of economic warfare against China has been taken up by the administration.

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.