The Trump Presidency

Trump accepts delay in State of the Union speech

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2019

The traditional rituals of the US political system are collapsing under the impact of the mounting conflict within the ruling elite.

“I think we should take action like the L.A. teachers”

Federal workers and contractors demand action to end shutdown as second missed payday approaches

By our reporters, 24 January 2019

WSWS reporters spoke to workers Wednesday at a rally in Washington, D.C. and hiring event in Fairfax, Virginia.

Julian Assange issues “urgent” legal challenge against US extradition plans

By Mike Head, 24 January 2019

The WikiLeaks founder is seeking to block a concerted operation to terminate his political asylum in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Washington engineers right-wing coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 24 January 2019

The backing by governments in Latin America and internationally for the US-orchestrated coup attempt are part of a global drive toward the right and dictatorship.

The way forward for US government workers in the fight against the shutdown

By Niles Niemuth, 23 January 2019

The anger of US government workers locked out or forced to work without pay is growing, but neither the AFL-CIO nor the government employee unions has called for independent action by workers to fight the shutdown.

Two years of the Trump administration

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2019

The conflict in Washington is between different right-wing factions of the ruling class. The only progressive opposition to Trump comes from the working class.

US government shutdown enters second month

By Daniel de Vries, 22 January 2019

As another missed payday approaches, the warring factions of the American ruling class are no closer to settling the partial government shutdown.

“If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?”

Four “No More Deaths” volunteers convicted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants crossing US border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 22 January 2019

A Federal Judge in Arizona has rendered a guilty verdict against four volunteers from “No More Deaths” for the crime of leaving water and food in the Arizona desert to help migrants.

Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris?

By David Brown, 22 January 2019

The senator from California carries a legacy as a right-wing prosecutor into her presidential campaign.

Democrats reject Trump proposal to fund border wall and end US government shutdown

By Niles Niemuth, 21 January 2019

There are growing signs of financial distress among the 500,000 federal employees forced to work without pay and the 300,000 that have been furloughed for an entire month.

Head Start, school lunches and social programs targeted for elimination

The Congressional Budget Office points US spending priorities towards “great power” conflicts: Part Two

By Guillaume Garnier and Nancy Hanover, 21 January 2019

A recent CBO report insists that the vast majority of discretionary appropriations be allocated to the US military machine and its ever-expanding wars, while outlining “options” for eviscerating social services and public education.

Latest US airstrike kills scores in Somalia

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2019

The latest US airstrike came in the wake of an al-Shabab attack on a hotel in Kenya that left 21 people dead.

Trump, announcing new missile defense program, ramps up nuclear arms race

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2019

Trump’s latest boondoggle for the military and defense contractors is part of the largest and most sustained military buildup since the Cold War.

US shutdown pits unpaid workers vs. political establishment and unions

By Daniel de Vries, 19 January 2019

There are growing fears in the ruling class that the prolonged shutdown could trigger strike action

“Made in China 2025” at centre of US-China economic war

By Gabriel Black, 19 January 2019

The US regards the “Made in China 2025” initiative as a major threat to its own global economic and strategic domination.

Growing signs of worker resistance to US government shutdown

By Philip Guelpa, 18 January 2019

A TSA representative reported Wednesday that increasing numbers are explicitly stating that their refusal to come into work is due to financial hardship.

Native American organizations denounce government shutdown as an abrogation of treaties

By Shelley Connor, 18 January 2019

Now in its fourth week, the partial government shutdown has had wide-ranging and devastating effects upon Native Americans.

House Speaker Pelosi asks Trump to postpone State of the Union address

By Niles Niemuth, 17 January 2019

A letter to the White House cited the lack of funding for the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security due to the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week.

US federal judge upholds compulsory unpaid labor during government shutdown

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2019

The court denied immediate relief for government workers forced to work during the shutdown.

Pentagon extends troop deployment at Mexican border until September

By Matthew Taylor, 17 January 2019

The Trump administration is increasing its repressive measures against immigrants, including doubling the capacity of an immigrant detention center for youth in Homestead, Florida.

Amid stalled US-North Korean talks, second Trump-Kim summit mooted

By Peter Symonds, 16 January 2019

The unstated aim of Trump’s diplomacy has been to “flip” North Korea—that is, to induce Pyongyang through threats and bribes to reorient away from Beijing and towards Washington.

US shutdown: Sickouts by screeners throw airports into crisis

By Rebecca Campbell, 15 January 2019

The sickouts are one reflection of growing anger and determination to take action against uncompensated, compulsory labor for 420,000 workers and the lockout of another 380,000.

US ratchets up threats against Iran, Turkey amid Syria withdrawal plans

By Bill Van Auken, 15 January 2019

While the timetable for US troops to pull out of Syria remains unclear, Washington is steadily escalating tensions in the region.

The American media revives the methods of McCarthyism

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2019

The campaign sparked by reports over the weekend by the New York Times and Washington Post harks back to the anti-communist witch-hunt of the 1950s.

The FBI’s police state operation against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2019

A New York Times report aimed at reviving the anti-Russia campaign against Trump exposes a conspiracy by the political police of the FBI to negate the results of the 2016 election.

Sickouts spread, impact widens as US shutdown enters fourth week

By Rebecca Campbell, 14 January 2019

The longest government shutdown in US history continues to impact on the economy as federal workers and government contractors try to cope with missed paychecks.

Hypocritical outrage from media, politicians after latest racist outburst by Iowa Congressman Steve King

By Trévon Austin, 14 January 2019

The intimate ties between the Republican Party and far-right, segregationist forces have been systematically covered up by the media and the Democrats as well as the Republicans.

Amid threat of national emergency declaration

US government workers call in sick, demand strike action against lockout and payless paydays

By Barry Grey, 12 January 2019

The growing opposition of federal workers comes together with the preparations of Los Angeles teachers to strike, the mounting opposition of auto workers to plant closures, and a rising wave of class struggle internationally.

Pompeo in Cairo: The ugly face of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2019

Reflecting US imperialism’s priorities in the region, Pompeo mentioned Iran 25 times in his speech, compared to a mere dozen references to “terrorism.”

Trump at the Rubicon

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 11 January 2019

A presidential declaration of a “national emergency” to override congressional opposition would mean a permanent and irreversible break with constitutional government in the United States.

“We are being treated like pawns”

As payless payday looms, federal unions stage protests in US cities

By our reporter, 11 January 2019

With hundreds of thousands of federal workers facing destitution due to the budget impasse, unions staged protests aimed at dissipating anger over the impact of the government shutdown.

Trump’s “national emergency” threat and the danger of presidential dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2019

Congressional Democrats and the corporate media are deliberately downplaying the danger to democratic rights and constitutional norms embodied in Trump’s threats.

Six killed in “preemptive” security operation in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2019

The bloody repression in the predominantly Shia oil-producing region is another indication of the deep crisis of Washington’s principal ally in the Arab world.

As US shutdown heads toward its fourth week

Trump delivers fascistic White House rant to demand border wall

By Barry Grey, 9 January 2019

The government shutdown marks a significant step in the direction of authoritarian rule, directed squarely against the working class.

US-Turkish tensions rise over Syria withdrawal plan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2019

Turkey’s president denounced statements by national security adviser John Bolton on the Syrian Kurds after refusing to meet with a US delegation.

US-China trade talks extended, amid continuing obstacles

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2019

Washington’s aggressive stance was underscored by the provocative dispatch of a US destroyer to challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea on day one of the trade talks.

Guatemalan establishment indifferent to deaths of US incarcerated migrant children

By Andrea Lobo, 9 January 2019

The reaction in ruling circles not only reflects their disdain for the country’s impoverished masses, but also their efforts to demonstrate loyal submission to the Trump administration.

Trump escalates confrontation over federal shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2019

The White House has requested time for a nationally televised speech Tuesday night in which Trump will appeal to fear and bigotry against immigrants and refugees.

Bolton walks back Trump’s Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2019

Whatever the intent of Trump’s demagogic promise to “bring the troops home,” the ruling establishment is determined to continue the US wars for hegemony in the Middle East.

Twenty-two deaths reported in immigrant detention centers since Trump took office

By Niles Niemuth, 8 January 2019

A review of the circumstances leading to the death of each person in ICE custody reveals that nearly all died as the result of criminal neglect or abuse.

US Senate confirms top-level political “fixer” as ambassador to Australia

By Mike Head, 8 January 2019

Culvahouse’s appointment underscores Washington’s determination to ensure there is not the slightest deviation in Australia’s front line role in any conflict with China.

Mobilize the working class against the US government shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2019

The furloughs and payless paydays for 800,000 federal employees are a major attack on the American working class.

US shutdown could leave millions without food stamps

By Kate Randall, 7 January 2019

More than 19 million households face the cutoff of SNAP benefits—partially in February and completely in March—if the government shutdown drags on.

Trump deploys troops to central Africa following disputed Congo election

By Eddie Haywood, 7 January 2019

Washington is making it clear that it intends to install a pliant government in Kinshasa that will ensure that America’s economic interests are secured.

As government shutdown enters third week

Trump threatens to declare national emergency to build border wall

By Niles Niemuth, 5 January 2019

Legal options are reportedly being seriously considered within the Trump administration for circumventing Congress, including redirecting funds already appropriated to the Department of Defense.

Trump says there is no set date for Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2019

While Trump bemoaned Washington’s “never-ending war,” his acting Defense Secretary told the Pentagon to focus on “China, China, China.”

Trump administration opens 2019 with tear gas attack on migrants at US-Mexico border

By Niles Niemuth, 3 January 2019

Border patrol agents fired three volleys of gas at a group of approximately 150 people as they sought to cross over a border fence from Tijuana into the United States.

In deleted tweet, US nuclear command declares itself “ready” to “drop something”

By Andre Damon, 3 January 2019

On New Year’s Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States’ nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to “drop something much, much bigger” than the “big ball” at Times Square in New York.

US shutdown, payless paydays could continue for “weeks”

By our reporters, 3 January 2019

A White House meeting Wednesday showed no change in the ongoing standoff between Trump and congressional Democrats.

Trump orders freeze in federal salaries as shutdown reaches ten days

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2018

The purported “showdown” over Trump’s demand for a border wall is a stage-managed conflict in which both sides support repressive anti-immigrant measures.

One year since Trump’s tax cuts: a balance sheet

Stock buybacks reach $1 trillion

By E.P. Milligan, 31 December 2018

It is now clear the vast majority of the corporate spending of the tax windfall has gone to the further enrichment of a tiny parasitic layer of investors and CEOs.

Impact on workers, services spreads as US shutdown enters second week

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2018

More than 800,000 federal workers are going into the New Year without paychecks.

Trump’s visit to Iraq and Washington’s never-ending war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2018

Trump’s buffoonish performance in Iraq carried one serious message: With or without troops in Syria, the decades-long US war for hegemony in the Middle East goes on.

Federal workers thrown into crisis by US government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 27 December 2018

In this cynical charade between the Democrats and Republicans, hundreds of thousands of federal workers and millions of family members and dependents are being used as pawns.

US government shutdown may extend into January

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2018

Both the Trump White House and the Democratic leadership in Congress are indifferent to the impact of the partial shutdown on federal workers and the general public.

Trump administration in question as political warfare in Washington intensifies

By Joseph Kishore, 24 December 2018

In Trump’s foreign policy shifts, the Democrats, speaking for the military and intelligence apparatus, see an abandonment of what they consider to be the fundamental premise of American geostrategy.

800,000 US federal workers hit by partial government shutdown

By Barry Grey, 22 December 2018

The shutdown is part of a move by Trump to counter mounting political and legal threats by appealing for popular support outside of the normal two-party channels, including among fascistic elements of his base.

The resignation of General Mattis and America’s crisis of class rule

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2018

The panic and hysteria over the resignation of the former Marine Corps general reflects a deep-going crisis within the US ruling establishment.

Trump administration tightens work requirements for food stamps

By Trévon Austin, 22 December 2018

An estimated 755,000 individuals aged between 18 and 49 will lose food stamp benefits over the next three years if the US Department of Agriculture rule is implemented.

Defense Secretary Mattis resigns amid Washington backlash over Syria troop withdrawal

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2018

Driving the outrage of Republicans, Democrats, Washington think tanks and major media are the imperialist interests underlying the Syrian intervention.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

US steps up offensive against China with more “hacking charges”

By Mike Head, 21 December 2018

As part of an internationally-coordinated operation, the US Justice Department has published indictments of two Chinese men.

Trump administration to immediately deport new Central American asylum seekers to Mexico

By Eric London, 21 December 2018

The policy announced Thursday is a historically unprecedented attack on workers and peasants fleeing violence and inequality caused by decades of US imperialist intervention and corporate exploitation.

US and Mexican governments agree on new Central American “Marshall Plan”

By Alex González, 21 December 2018

The plan is aimed at keeping workers in Central America from migrating to Mexico and the US.

Trump intervenes on behalf of confessed war criminal Mathew Golsteyn

By Niles Niemuth, 20 December 2018

Trump described Golsteyn as a “US military hero” several days after the Pentagon announced it was charging him for the premeditated murder of an Afghan man in 2010.

The disinformation campaign behind the allegations of Russian “disinformation”

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2018

The US media was dominated Monday by reports that Russia is responsible for the growth of opposition to police violence and social inequality in the United States.

Trump appoints budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

By Barry Grey, 17 December 2018

The naming of Mulvaney has the character of a circling of the wagons around a narrow core of Trump family members in a legally and politically besieged White House.

The global crisis of capitalist rule and the strategy of socialist revolution

By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2018

Whatever the national peculiarities, the political crisis of class rule in every country is driven by the same global processes.

The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump’s war on immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2018

While Democrats denounced the death, they supported equally repressive policies under Obama.

Trump’s war on immigrants

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2018

The growth of the child detainee population and the Trump administration’s escalation of workplace raids represent an attack on the entire working class.

Legal noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2018

The guilty pleas by Michael Cohen and the admission of campaign finance violations by the National Enquirer publisher appear to place the president in serious legal jeopardy.

Huawei executive’s arrest provokes anti-US protests in China

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2018

Meng Wanzhou’s detention is part of a broader US campaign, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, aimed at undermining Huawei and other Chinese tech companies.

Political warfare in Washington escalates to crisis of capitalist rule

By Barry Grey, 12 December 2018

Trump’s embrace of murder, his defense of fascists, his racist attacks on immigrants are blowing up an ideological pillar of US imperialist foreign policy—the pretense that the United States is a bulwark of human rights and democracy.

US-Russia tensions mount over warplanes in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2018

The flight of the Russian warplanes to Caracas follows the provocative US Air Force overflight of Ukraine the previous week.

Trump threatens to use military to fund border wall

By Kevin Martinez, 12 December 2018

The president’s threat was followed by a tense meeting in the Oval Office with Democratic leaders where he threatened a government shutdown over funding for the wall.

Democrats begin open discussion of impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 11 December 2018

Two top members of the House Democratic leadership said that Trump could be impeached or jailed over alleged campaign finance violations.

White House turmoil deepens after Kelly firing

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2018

The circle of Trump’s top aides is narrowing to include only his immediate family and those closest to them.

The kidnapping of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou

By Andre Damon, 8 December 2018

Meng’s arrest and confinement—without bail and on tendentious and opaque charges potentially carrying a sentence of 60 years—amount to little more than a kidnapping.

As Dow drops another 560 points

Wall Street Journal warns of stock “stampede”

By Nick Beams, 8 December 2018

The longest bull market in history has rested on the suppression of the class struggle by the trade union bureaucracy, which is breaking apart.

In another shot across the White House’s bow

Mueller lauds former Trump lawyer Cohen for providing “useful and relevant” information

By Barry Grey, 8 December 2018

The central concern of the Democrats is to force Trump to assume an even more belligerent and aggressive posture toward Moscow.

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2018

While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism’s real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

Special Counsel sentencing memo on Flynn increases pressure on Trump

By Barry Grey, 6 December 2018

Repeating several times in the course of the 13-page filing that Flynn had provided “substantial assistance to the government,” Special Counsel Mueller recommended a sentence with no jail time.

Republican senators say “zero question” Saudi prince ordered Khashoggi assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2018

A closed-door briefing Tuesday by CIA Director Gina Haspel confirmed Mohamed bin Salman’s responsibility for the murder of the Saudi journalist.

San Diego workers and youth speak out in defense of refugees at US-Mexico border

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

American and Mexican citizens alike defended the migrant caravan and condemned the tear gas fired by the Border Patrol.

US and China put divergent spin on outcome of trade talks

By Nick Beams, 4 December 2018

The most important difference centres on the key demand of Washington that China make far-reaching “structural” changes to its economy in the area of high-tech development.

As G20 summit opens, US political establishment brays for trade war and military escalation

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2018

Trump’s trip to the G20 summit in Argentina has been proceeded by demands for trade war and military escalation against Russia and China.

Central American migrants facing horror on US border

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2018

The deliberate confinement of thousands of refugees—men, women and children—under desperate conditions is a crime against humanity.

Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange

By Barry Grey, 1 December 2018

This week's moves by Mueller highlight the reactionary character of the Democratic Party's opposition to the right-wing Trump administration.

Three killed, eight injured in high speed US Border Patrol chase in southern California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 December 2018

This latest tragedy must be viewed in the context of the Trump administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Trump cancels G20 meeting with Putin amid rising tensions

By Andre Damon, 30 November 2018

The United States is on a course for conflict not just with Russia, but with China and the European Union.

Democrats re-elect a right-wing leadership

By Patrick Martin, 30 November 2018

The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives has reelected the same leadership team that collaborated with the Bush administration’s war in Iraq and the Obama administration’s bailout of Wall Street.

Bolton visits Bolsonaro: a US meeting of the minds with Brazil’s fascistic president-elect

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2018

The Trump administration sees in the semi-fascist ex-army captain a potential strategic ally in reasserting US imperialist hegemony and countering China’s influence in Latin America.

“Everybody—Ford, Chrysler, GM—needs to strike right now”

Autoworkers’ outrage grows over GM plant closings

By Jerry White, 29 November 2018

GM workers at the threatened Lordstown, Ohio and Detroit-Hamtramck plants and other autoworkers spoke out against the shutdown of five plants in the US and Canada.

US administration signals unconditional backing for Saudi regime as Senate votes on Yemen war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2018

After testimony from the secretaries of state and defense, the Senate voted to advance a resolution calling for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Transgender asylum seeker beaten in US custody before her death, according to autopsy

By Kevin Martinez, 29 November 2018

Roxsana Hernandez Rodriguez died weeks after turning herself in at the San Ysidro port of entry in California seeking asylum from the discrimination and abuse she faced in Honduras.

Trump escalates tariff threats against China on eve of G20 summit

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018

While a deal is still possible, the chances seem very remote in light of Trump’s comments and those of other members of his administration.

US Fed chairman’s speech boosts Wall Street

By Nick Beams, 29 November 2018

Powell indicated that the Federal Reserve is not committed to further interest rate rises next year and is very attuned to the financial markets’ demands.

The military-police assault at San Ysidro

Defend immigrant workers from state violence!

By Eric London, 27 November 2018

The Socialist Equality Party (US) condemns the US government’s military operation at the US-Mexico border Sunday as a horrific crime against humanity.

Trump campaigns for Mississippi Senate candidate Hyde-Smith as Democratic challenger shifts to the right

By Patrick Martin, 27 November 2018

At an event at Mississippi State University, Hyde-Smith expressed support for efforts to suppress voter turnout on other campuses—i.e., the historically black universities in the state.

US immigrants go hungry for fear using food stamps will lead to deportation

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 27 November 2018

Household food insecurity among immigrant families in the US for less than five years increased from 9.9 percent in 2007 to 17.8 percent in the first half of 2018.