The Trump Presidency

As US banks report record profits

Regulators, Congress move to end all restraints on Wall Street speculation

By Barry Grey, 23 May 2018

As the tenth anniversary of the September 2008 Wall Street crash approaches, the token restrictions on the banks that were passed during the Obama administration are being dismantled.

Trump offers North Korea “incremental” denuclearisation ahead of planned summit

By James Cogan, 23 May 2018

Trump and the South Korean president both exuded optimism that talks would ultimately proceed on US terms, even if not on June 12.

White House press release on MS-13 backs Trump’s labeling immigrants as “violent animals”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 23 May 2018

The White House press release continues the administration’s policy of dehumanizing immigrants.

US Secretary of State Pompeo presents war ultimatum to Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2018

Washington’s “Plan B” after scrapping the nuclear deal is to escalate economic sanctions and military pressure aimed at toppling the Iranian government.

White House meeting on probe of Trump campaign informant

By Patrick Martin, 22 May 2018

Trump and congressional Republicans are pressing their claims that the FBI infiltrated the Trump campaign in 2016 at the behest of the Obama administration.

As US applies “painful pressure” to North Korea

Tensions mount over South China Sea

By Mike Head, 22 May 2018

Far from lessening the dangers of war, the US offer of talks with Kim Jong-un has heightened the conflict with Beijing.

Limited truce in US-China trade conflict

By Nick Beams, 22 May 2018

Despite the postponement of US tariffs, the threat of open trade war remains.

Border Patrol agent detains two US citizens in Montana for speaking Spanish

By Alec Andersen, 22 May 2018

The incident comes as the Trump administration is actively encouraging right wing and fascistic elements, repeatedly referring to immigrants from Latin America as animals, rapists and smugglers.

Long-time CIA asset named as FBI’s spy on Trump campaign

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2018

Stefan Halper has been named as the individual sent by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election campaign.

US education secretary attacks separation of church and state

By Nancy Hanover, 21 May 2018

Betsy DeVos visits New York yeshivas to promote public financing of religious and private schools.

Democrats defend FBI following reports it spied on Trump's election campaign

By Barry Grey, 19 May 2018

The Democratic response has been to rush to the defense of the FBI and declare unqualified support for its operations, as well as those of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Trump administration to ban abortions at facilities receiving federal family planning funds

By Kate Randall, 19 May 2018

The new rule barring abortions at facilities that receive Title X funds marks an escalation of the administration’s attack on a woman’s constitutionally protected reproductive rights.

US plans to detain minors on military bases as Trump calls immigrants “animals”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2018

A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.

US blames China for renewed tensions with North Korea

By James Cogan, 18 May 2018

Citing the “Libyan model,” Trump implied that North Korea would face “total decimation” if no agreement is reached.

Trump axes NASA climate research program

By Daniel de Vries, 18 May 2018

The Carbon Monitoring System was the latest target of the Trump administration’s anti-science agenda.

The US political police and the 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2018

A 4,000-word front-page report in the New York Times paints a picture of an American political system in which the FBI and CIA play a critical and at times decisive role.

Senate Intelligence Committee approves “black site” torturer to head CIA

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2018

Behind the threadbare trappings of parliamentary procedures, American “democracy” has been reduced to a dictatorship run by a military/intelligence/industrial apparatus.

German Chancellor Merkel announces major rearmament program

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 May 2018

Facing a deepening conflict with the United States, Berlin is seeking to use its armed forces to pursue its geo-strategic interests around the world.

European Union tries to salvage Iran nuclear accord from US unilateralism

By Jean Shaoul, 17 May 2018

The European powers are furious because Trump’s threats cut across their attempts to exploit Iran economically and fear sanctions presage a war that will destabilise the Middle East

Little room for manoeuvre in US-China trade talks

By Nick Beams, 17 May 2018

A letter signed by 32 Democrats stated that “America’s national security must not be signed away as bargaining chip in trade negotiations.”

Conspiracy emerges to push Julian Assange into British and US hands

By Mike Head, 16 May 2018

The Guardian has instigated a foul campaign to justify Ecuador forcing Assange to leave its embassy.

North Korea denounces US “provocation” and threatens to cancel talks with Trump

By James Cogan, 16 May 2018

The Trump administration has, to a great extent, boxed both itself and North Korea into a corner.

United States Border Patrol neglects counting migrant deaths

By Trévon Austin, 16 May 2018

For the last 20 years, the agency has consistently underreported the number of people who die attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.

The massacre in Gaza and imperialist war policy

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2018

The defense by the imperialist powers of Israel’s murder of over 60 Palestinian demonstrators Monday makes clear that they have adopted the mass killing of unarmed civilians as a legitimate policy tool.

Stop the raids on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!

By Kevin Mitchell—SEP candidate for House of Representatives (51st District and California), 15 May 2018

This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.

Two Senate Democrats assure Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2018

Joe Donnelly of Indiana joined Joe Manchin of West Virginia to give the former torture supervisor a seemingly unassailable margin in the Senate.

Two voices of concern over Trump’s “New World Order”

By Nick Beams, 15 May 2018

One has the sense from both articles of the growing fears in ruling circles of the consequences of the US economic and foreign policy agenda for the stability of the world capitalist system.

Overtures continue ahead of Trump-North Korea summit

By James Cogan, 14 May 2018

Secretary of State Pompeo indicated that the US objective is to bring the North Korean regime within its sphere of influence.

Trump speech on prescription drug prices cheers pharmaceutical giants

By Brian Dixon, 14 May 2018

Trump’s speech made clear that his administration will take no action that might interfere with the drug industry’s ability to price drugs as high as the market will bear.

US steps up pressure on Iran with new round of sanctions

By Jordan Shilton, 12 May 2018

Announced the same day as Israel launched its largest-ever direct assault on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, the sanctions mark a further step by US imperialism in the direction of an all-out military confrontation with Iran.

Amid political warfare in Washington, Trump steps up his fascistic appeal

By Patrick Martin, 12 May 2018

In a series of rallies in the industrial Midwest, Trump is spreading the poison of economic nationalism and anti-immigrant racism.

Kanye West on slavery and Trump: Ignorance and the self-deluding influence of wealth

By Nick Barrickman, 12 May 2018

West’s disoriented statements and actions are in keeping with a persona that has been cultivated and praised in the press, including by the “left,” for over a decade and a half.

Back to the 19th century

Trump administration preparing green light to child labor

By Patrick Martin, 11 May 2018

The Labor Department wants to lift longstanding restrictions on use of heavy equipment, including chain-saws, by 16- and 17-year-olds.

US trade war claims China’s ZTE as first victim

By Nick Beams, 11 May 2018

ZTE operates on a global scale, doing business in more than 160 countries with over 74,000 employees, and generating revenues of $17 billion last year.

For a working-class strategy against the imperialist repartition of the Middle East!

By Keith Jones, 11 May 2018

In Iran, as around the world, the struggle against imperialist aggression and war must be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution.

European powers condemn Trump’s cancellation of Iran nuclear treaty

By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 10 May 2018

Trump’s scrapping of the 2015 treaty has revealed deep and explosive divisions between Washington and its imperialist allies in Europe.

White House and ex-intelligence chiefs push torture veteran as CIA director

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2018

With a public Senate hearing set for Wednesday, supporters of Gina Haspel for the post of CIA director argue that her role in the agency’s torture program is outweighed by her anti-Russia record.

Trump torpedoes Iran nuclear accord

By Keith Jones, 9 May 2018

In its reckless and ruinous drive for global hegemony, US imperialism, like the Nazi regime, makes diplomatic agreements only to break them when expedient.

ICE officials break into home in San Diego to detain immigrant worker in front of his five children

By Kevin Martinez and Genevieve Leigh, 9 May 2018

A San Diego immigrant was forcibly detained by armed ICE officials after they broke into his home Tuesday afternoon as his five children looked on.

US to separate all families charged with illegal border crossing

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new initiative to prosecute everyone detained as an illegal border crosser and to separate children from their parents.

Tensions rise with Trump set to announce decision on Iran nuclear deal

By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2018

With Trump’s allies signaling that he will rip up the agreement, Israel has issued increasingly bellicose threats against Iran.

US issues trade ultimatum to China

By Nick Beams, 7 May 2018

The list of measures is not intended as the basis for negotiations but to escalate economic conflict and military tensions.

Trump ends temporary protected status for 86,000 Hondurans

By Eric London, 5 May 2018

The decision all but ends the temporary protected status program, as 97 percent of total recipients will lose protection.

Judge says Special Counsel Mueller seeks to oust Trump

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2018

The statement during a court hearing in Alexandria is the clearest acknowledgement of the underlying purpose of the anti-Russian campaign.

US special forces operations in Yemen presage wider regional war

By Jordan Shilton, 5 May 2018

The secretive decision to deploy US special forces to Yemen last December underscores once again Washington’s reckless drive towards a regional conflagration with Iran.

Washington’s political wars escalate

FBI monitored phone calls of Trump’s personal lawyer

By Barry Grey, 4 May 2018

The fact that the federal government’s chief police agency is monitoring telephone communications between the president and his lawyer points to the explosive level of conflict within the American ruling class.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

Caravan immigrants speak out

On the spot coverage from Tijuana refugee camp

By Kevin Martinez and Clodomiro Puentes, 3 May 2018

The 200 refugees have been held up in a makeshift camp in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the US border

Trade talks in Beijing: China says it won’t back down to US

By Nick Beams, 3 May 2018

The conflict is over more than the trade deficit numbers, with the overriding concern of the US being China’s moves to develop its high-tech capacities.

Democrats maintain silence over persecution of Central American immigrants at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 May 2018

The delay in processing the immigrants is a flagrant violation of international laws and conventions guaranteeing the right to political asylum.

Washington and Tel Aviv lurching toward a war with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2018

The aggression that is being prepared by the US and Israel threatens to drag all of the major powers into what could prove a catastrophic world war.

Amid report special counsel threatened to subpoena Trump

New media salvos in Washington’s political civil war

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2018

Trump’s lawyers are reportedly urging him not to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team.

Trump postpones steel tariffs but trade tensions increase

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2018

The European Commission said there was no basis for tariffs on “national security” grounds and it would not negotiate under threat.

Amidst complete silence from Democrats

Migrants seeking asylum are turned away for the second day at US-Mexico border

By Genevieve Leigh, 1 May 2018

In defiance of international law, the Trump administration has turned away hundreds of Central American refugees at the US Mexico border in South San Diego, California.

US Secretary of State Pompeo endorses Israeli murder of Gaza protesters

By Will Morrow, 1 May 2018

Pompeo’s statements express the unanimous support of the US ruling elite and both its political parties for the policies of their key Middle Eastern ally.

Comedian Michelle Wolf exposes a cynical and hypocritical media

By Andre Damon, 1 May 2018

The corporate media is outraged by the truth.

Trump administration turns away immigrant caravan requesting asylum at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 30 April 2018

The administration responded to the arrival of the asylum seekers with threats of prosecution and indefinite detention.

As CEO pay, corporate profits and corporate cash hit new highs

US housing secretary proposes tripling of rent for the poor

By Kate Randall, 30 April 2018

The Trump administration’s latest proposal would impose even greater suffering on families already beset by hunger, poor housing and lack of medical care.

Trump to meet North Korean leader in “three or four weeks”

By James Cogan, 30 April 2018

Any talks could entirely break down over the definition of “denuclearisation” and a “nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.”

The Democratic Party and the confirmation of Mike Pompeo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2018

The nominal “opposition” party paved the way for the installation of an advocate of war, mass surveillance and torture as the new US secretary of state.

Addressing US Congress, Macron backs neocolonial carve-up of Middle East

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s address to a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday was one of the most belligerent public statements ever made by a French president.

US and China to hold trade talks as tariff deadline looms

By Nick Beams, 26 April 2018

Trump said there was a “very good chance of making a deal,” but if not, the US would impose “very substantial tariffs” on Chinese imports.

Seven hundred children separated from their families at US-Mexico border since October

By Kevin Martinez, 26 April 2018

Besides separating children from their parents, the Trump administration has begun deporting immigrants married to US citizens.

In Washington, Macron calls for renegotiation of nuclear deal with Iran

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2018

Paris is joining Washington in telling Iran it must comply with US dictates or face the renewal of trade sanctions and the possibility of military attack.

Democrats assure confirmation of CIA head as secretary of state

By Barry Grey, 25 April 2018

The Democratic Party staged a show of resistance while ensuring a sufficient number of “yes” votes to guarantee Pompeo’s installation.

Thousands of Syrians buried in the rubble six months after US destruction of Raqqa

By Will Morrow, 25 April 2018

The same media and governments endlessly denouncing Syrian and Russian government atrocities ignore the US war crimes in Raqqa.

US federal, state governments wage war on workers and the poor

By Kate Randall, 24 April 2018

While Trump and corporate boardrooms celebrate the “booming” economy and the rising stockpiles of cash for the super-rich, they are seeking ways to gut what remains of the social safety net.

Starting Washington visit, Macron pledges endless war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2018

Notwithstanding the deep and growing tensions between US imperialism and its European counterparts, all of them are set on a course of escalating war.

US issues ultimatums to IMF on trade

By Nick Beams, 23 April 2018

Adopting the tone of an overlord, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin demanded that the IMF back Washington in its drive against what it claims are “unfair global trade practices.”

Skripal case developments further discredit British government lies

By Simon Whelan, 23 April 2018

As the UK government’s lies over the Skripal affair continue to unravel, Moscow has accused it of yet “another gross violation” of international rules.

Democrats escalate anti-Russia witch hunt with lawsuit linking Trump and Assange as Russian agents

By Barry Grey, 21 April 2018

The legal filing and the accompanying statements by DNC Chairman Tom Perez have the stench of a McCarthyite-style witch hunt.

Japanese PM weakened by Trump summit

By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2018

Abe’s failure to secure any significant concessions from Trump is a significant political blow as he seeks to cling to office.

Criminal referral filed against former FBI deputy director

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2018

The legal move raises the extraordinary prospect of the Trump administration seeking to jail a former leading figure in the military-intelligence apparatus.

Trump’s secret diplomacy with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2018

The Trump administration senses the possibility of advancing US imperialism’s interests in Asia against its chief rivals, Russia and China, and potential competitors such as Japan.

US Supreme Court strikes down part of deportation statute

By Kevin Martinez, 19 April 2018

In a five to four vote, the court ruled that statutory language passed with overwhelming Democratic and Republican support was unconstitutionally vague.

Trump and Abe meet amid war and domestic crisis

By Peter Symonds, 18 April 2018

The two longstanding military allies—the US and Japan—are united in their determination to contain and confront China, but are increasingly at odds over the means for doing so.

Trump, Comey exchange blows through the media

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2018

The former FBI director declared the president of the United States “morally unfit” to serve.

US lashes out at Russia, as OPCW inspectors prepare to enter Douma

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2018

Western governments and media that propagated unsubstantiated claims of a chemical weapons attack to justify illegal missile strikes on Syria are seeking to cover their tracks.

US and Britain hit Chinese telecom company ZTE

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2018

Both countries imposed the bans amid calls for more aggressive moves by US authorities against Chinese communications and telecom firms.

Trump threatens Comey on eve of court hearing

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2018

Trump has declared that Comey, the former top US law official, deserves jail time for allegedly leaking classified information and lying to Congress.

Democratic, Republican governors deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border

By Alec Anderson, 16 April 2018

4,000 National Guard soldiers are being deployed as the Trump administration is reforming the immigration court system to speed up deportations.

Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 16 April 2018

Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM’s presence in the region is the Niger defense minister’s admission that the US forces “wage war when necessary.”

US-British-French missile strikes on Syria heighten danger of a catastrophic war

By Barry Grey, 16 April 2018

The bases for new provocations and fresh pretexts for military aggression are already being laid.

US and imperialist allies launch strikes against Syria

By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 14 April 2018

All of the governments participating in this new onslaught are crisis-ridden and lack any electoral legitimacy.

Comey memoir ignites new round in anti-Russia campaign against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2018

Portions of the book, leaked to the press in advance of publication, have dominated US media coverage since Thursday.

US Department of Homeland Security compiling database of world’s journalists

By Will Morrow, 14 April 2018

The Trump administration is collecting and monitoring the “sentiments” and personal information of journalists and “media influencers” around the world.

Trump to consider rejoining TPP to step up pressure on China

By Nick Beams, 14 April 2018

The apparent turnaround is motivated by two immediate considerations: the need to be seen as taking action to alleviate pressure on US farmers threatened by the China tariffs, and the search for international allies against China.

US and North Korean officials discuss Trump-Kim summit

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2018

The cynical character of Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong-un is underscored by the fact that two militarists—Pompeo and Bolton—are in charge of preparing the summit.

More US states imposing Medicaid work requirements

By Kate Randall, 14 April 2018

Some states are considering expanding Medicaid while at the same time imposing work requirements, premium payments and drug testing of recipients.

Momentum builds toward US-led strike on Syria

By James Cogan, 13 April 2018

The US secretary of state nominee, CIA head Mike Pompeo, left no doubt yesterday that the Putin regime in Russia is the main target behind the war crisis in the Middle East.

Trump signs executive order attacking US social programs

By Matthew Taylor, 13 April 2018

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday requiring his cabinet to target for destruction any social programs that do not have work requirements.

War, lies and censorship

By Andre Damon, 13 April 2018

The New York Times, Washington Post and other mainstream news outlets function not as journalists, but as propagandists for the US/NATO war drive against Syria.

Opposing forces mobilise for war in Syria

By James Cogan, 12 April 2018

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon stressed Moscow’s repeated warnings that it will retaliate against any attack that threatens its personnel in Syria.

Trump’s crisis deepens following FBI raid on his lawyer

By Barry Grey, 12 April 2018

In the aftermath of Monday’s FBI raid on President Trump’s personal lawyer and confidante Michael Cohen, the White House appears to be increasingly isolated.

House speaker’s retirement signals further crisis for Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2018

Paul Ryan’s quitting the top position in Congress, at age 48, anticipates a decision by the ruling elite to shift power to the Democratic Party.

Trade war issues come into sharper focus

By Nick Beams, 12 April 2018

The key question is not primarily the Chinese trade surplus against which Trump rails, but Beijing’s plan to become a major source of high-tech development.

The noose tightens around Trump

By Barry Grey, 11 April 2018

The extraordinary events of Monday suggest that a criminal indictment of the president, or the threat of one, is overtaking a strategy based on impeachment.

FBI raids home, office of Trump’s personal attorney

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2018

The political conflict within the US ruling elite has reached unprecedented dimensions, with the FBI and the White House openly at war.

Top Trump aide lays out driving forces of trade war against China

By Nick Beams, 10 April 2018

Trump’s key trade adviser Peter Navarro declared that China’s move into high-tech development was a direct threat to US economic and military dominance.

On the brink of war: US and NATO prepare military strike on Syria

By Keith Jones, 10 April 2018

The American and European ruling elites see in war a means not only to reverse a series of geopolitical setbacks in the Middle East, but also to crack down on domestic political opposition.