The Trump Presidency

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.

Trump gives employers more temporary visas to exploit immigrant workers

By Jake Dean, 20 July 2017

Workers under the H-2 program are subjected to starvation wages and harsh working conditions.

Six months of the Trump administration: The working-class strategy against capitalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 20 July 2017

The development of a genuine movement against the Trump administration requires that workers and youth draw the necessary political conclusions from the experiences of the past six months.

Democrats press anti-Russia campaign, now targeting Trump son-in-law

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2017

Congressional Democratic leaders have demanded that Jared Kushner’s security clearance—required in his role as a top White House adviser—be revoked.

Trump administration prepares mass deportations

By Patrick Martin, 17 July 2017

Any immigrant, picked up anywhere in the country, who is unable to prove residence in the US for the past 90 days, could be summarily deported.

Low birth weights, high stress levels among immigrant population in the US

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 July 2017

New studies show a link between severe health problems among immigrants, and anxieties caused by the US anti-immigrant policies under the Bush, Obama and now Trump administrations.

Climate change and the struggle against capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 14 July 2017

The main obstacles to a rational climate policy are capitalist private ownership of the means of production and the division of the world into rival nation-states.

Macron invites Trump for Bastille Day parade in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2017

The French president sent a clear message to Berlin that Paris could align itself with Washington in a more openly anti-German policy.

Revelation of meeting with Russian lawyer intensifies political crisis in Washington

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 13 July 2017

Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 has acquired explosive significance in the context of the ferocious political battle being waged in Washington.

Trump Jr. emails on meeting with Russian lawyer bring political warfare in Washington to fever pitch

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2017

Behind the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election is a furious struggle between the White House and the national security establishment over foreign policy.

Trump’s voter fraud commission forced to pause data collection

By Evan Blake, 12 July 2017

The commission, whose efforts to collect vast swaths of personal data violated multiple laws and regulations, has been set up to justify the disqualification of voters.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

Eighty arrested on Capitol Hill protesting legislation

Senate Republicans maneuver in effort to pass draconian health care bill

By Kate Randall, 11 July 2017

A new poll shows that only 17 percent of US adults approve of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republicans’ heath care bill, while 55 percent disapprove.

US strategic bombers conduct provocative drill near North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 July 2017

The military exercise involving US B1-B bombers just before the G20 summit, was aimed at pressuring all countries, especially China, to take tough action against North Korea.

Democrats, media revive anti-Russia campaign after Trump-Putin meeting

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2017

The New York Times led the way with successive front-page reports on a year-old meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney and lobbyist.

Nine rural hospitals in the state have shut down since 2010

More rural Tennessee hospitals face closure under Republican health care plans

By Warren Duzak, 10 July 2017

Tennessee is the “canary in the coal mine” for rural hospitals across the country.

Court rejects Trump’s delay of methane rules

By Daniel de Vries, 8 July 2017

The decision is a minor setback for an administration charging ahead with environmental deregulation

Trump-Putin meeting deepens divisions in US establishment on Russia policy

By Barry Grey, 8 July 2017

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer called the meeting “disgraceful” and denounced Trump for undermining “our Intelligence Community.”

New study shows Clinton lost election because of growing working class opposition to war

By Eric London, 8 July 2017

Communities that shifted to Trump “became more likely to vote against politicians perceived as orchestrating conflicts in which their friends and neighbors died.”

Trump speech in Poland fans conflict with Germany, Russia

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2017

The US president associated himself fully with the ultra-right policies pursued by the nationalistic PiS government in Warsaw.

Ahead of G20 summit

US exploits North Korean missile test to threaten war and isolate China

By James Cogan, 6 July 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the bellicose anti-China stance that characterised his campaign in the presidential election.

North Korean missile launch intensifies war danger

By Peter Symonds, 5 July 2017

Washington, not Pyongyang, is primarily responsible for creating the explosive situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Trump’s frosty phone call with Chinese President Xi

By Peter Symonds, 4 July 2017

Trump is adopting a more confrontational stance toward China in an effort to pressure Beijing to force North Korea to bow to US demands.

Trump’s attack on the press

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 4 July 2017

A recognition of the deeply reactionary content of Trump’s polemics does not require that one be sentimental about his immediate targets.

The media blackout of Seymour Hersh’s exposé on US missile strike against Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 3 July 2017

The same corporate media that praised the US missile strike against Syria has blacked out Hersh’s exposure that its pretext, an alleged chemical weapons attack, is a lie.

Majority of states rebuff Trump voter fraud commission’s request for data

By Evan Blake, 3 July 2017

The aim of the commission is to promote the myth of widespread vote fraud in order to justify anti-democratic measures to restrict the right to vote.

The Supreme Court and Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders

By Tom Carter, 1 July 2017

The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, which permits Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim ban to go into effect, is one of the most significant cases in the history of the institution.

Trump’s travel ban back in effect after unanimous Supreme Court ruling

By Eric London, 30 June 2017

The new ban is a death sentence for many refugees seeking to escape the wars launched or fueled by US imperialism that are ravaging the region.

The emerging class struggle over health care in the US

By Joseph Kishore, 29 June 2017

The Democrats and Republicans are continuing their stage-managed debate over measures that will have devastating consequences for millions of Americans.

Trump and Modi trumpet Indo-US “strategic convergence”

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 June 2017

India is increasingly serving as a frontline state in US imperialism’s strategic confrontation with China.

Health care and the fight for socialism

By Barry Grey and Kate Randall, 24 June 2017

The most significant feature of both the Senate and House plans is their effective dismantlement of Medicaid as a guaranteed benefit—a milestone in the ruling class drive to destroy what remains of the social reforms of the 20th century.

Intelligence chiefs escalate anti-Russia campaign

By Josh Varlin, 23 June 2017

Two top intelligence officials reportedly confirmed that President Trump asked them to clear his election campaign of charges of collusion with Russia.

US demands “much greater” Chinese pressure on North Korea, or else

By Peter Symonds, 22 June 2017

While continuing to press China over North Korea, the Trump administration is warning that the US will resort to other measures—including military action—if there are no results.

The New York Times steps up its anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2017

An editorial in Sunday’s Times on the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election is an exercise in disinformation aimed at whipping up support for war with Russia.

Trump clamps down on US-Cuban travel and trade

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 June 2017

US imperialism’s most rapacious layers are convinced that, without Venezuelan support, the Cuban economy will collapse, allowing American corporations to reassert their dominance over the island.

US Treasury releases plan to roll back Dodd-Frank bank regulations

By Gabriel Black, 19 June 2017

Stripping away parts of Dodd-Frank will remove its minimal restrictions on Wall Street’s speculative activities.

Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2017

Trump’s latest tweets increased the pressure on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia.

Trump administration withdraws Obama order protecting immigrant parents of US children

By Josh Varlin, 17 June 2017

The never-implemented DAPA program would have granted work permits and reprieves from deportation to some four million adults.

Gunman shot to death after opening fire on Republican congressmen, aides

By Patrick Martin, 15 June 2017

The 66-year-old man, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was reportedly opposed to President Trump and the Trump administration.

Second appellate court rules against Trump anti-Muslim travel ban

By John Burton, 15 June 2017

The panel ruled that Trump violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by not making the findings required under the INA and by using nationality as a criterion.

US ex-basketballer heads to North Korea to “open door”

By Peter Symonds, 15 June 2017

Given the accelerating US confrontation with North Korea, the chances that Rodman’s visit can open meaningful talks between the two countries appear remote.

Washington’s war crimes in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2017

UN war crimes investigators found that the US military has inflicted a “staggering loss of civilian life” with its relentless airstrikes in and around the Syrian city of Raqqa.

The Sessions hearing: Another anti-Russian diversion while the social counterrevolution in America deepens

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2017

Not one Democratic senator sought to question Sessions about the actual policies of the Trump administration toward immigrants or victims of police violence.

Bipartisan deal in US Senate for new sanctions against Russia, Iran

By our reporter, 14 June 2017

The new provisions against Russia are being added to a sanctions bill directed against Iran that was introduced with widespread bipartisan support and scheduled for final Senate passage today.

What is in Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure plan?

By Gabriel Black, 14 June 2017

Trump’s still inchoate plan will incentivize local governments to sell off infrastructure to private companies, imposing new road tolls and transportation fees on the public.

Marching toward a wider war in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 14 June 2017

Behind the bitter political warfare in Washington and the endless claims of Russian interference in the election, very real wars in the Middle East are threatening to coalesce into a regional or even global conflagration.

Attempt at censorship in reaction to New York’s Public Theater production of Julius Caesar

By Fred Mazelis, 14 June 2017

Allusions to Donald Trump in the current production of Shakespeare’s play have been followed by a right-wing campaign of intimidation.

Trump administration rolls back “joint-employer” labor provision in favor of big business

By E.P. Milligan, 13 June 2017

The decision will serve to further empower the major corporations while reducing their accountability and restricting the rights of workers.

Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class

By Joseph Kishore and David North on behalf of the Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 13 June 2017

The working class cannot remain a bystander in the fight between Trump and the Democrats. Rather, it must develop its struggle against Trump under its own banner and with its own program.

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2017

Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level.

Political warfare in Washington intensifies

Trump accuses fired FBI director of lying to Congress

By Barry Grey, 10 June 2017

Comey speaks for factions within the state seeking to reassert the Obama administration policy of escalating economic, diplomatic and military confrontation with Moscow.

Dispute erupts in Trump administration over Gulf conflict

By Jordan Shilton, 10 June 2017

As the US escalated the war in Syria, divisions between Trump and Secretary of State Tillerson broke out Friday over Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic isolation of Qatar.

The New York Times lionizes James Comey

By Andre Damon, 10 June 2017

The New York Times has erupted with rhapsodic praise for a man whom, less than a year before, its editorial writers had called a careerist and coward responsible for helping to rig the 2016 election.

“Watergate pales compared to what we’re confronting now”

Former US director of national intelligence campaigns against Trump in Australia

By James Cogan, 9 June 2017

No journalist asked James Clapper the obvious question: why should any credibility be given to any claim he makes?

US secretary of state visits New Zealand to counter China

By Tom Peters, 9 June 2017

New Zealand’s government has aligned itself more closely with the US military encirclement of China and threats of war against North Korea.

Comey’s Senate testimony: A political circus in Washington

By Eric London, 9 June 2017

There is nothing progressive in the Democratic Party’s campaign to bring down Trump on the basis of anti-Russian propaganda.

Comey statement ignites new media firestorm against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2017

The fired FBI director describes extensive efforts by the US president to block the investigation into alleged connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 elections.

NSA contractor charged with leaking report on alleged Russian election hacking

By Patrick Martin, 7 June 2017

The circumstances of the leaked document to the Intercept and the leaker being arrested on the day of publication are extremely murky, even suspicious.

The New York Times uses “diversity” to find common ground with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

By Nancy Hanover, 7 June 2017

The New York Times comes to the defense of Trump’s school privatizer.

Trump unveils plan to privatize air traffic control system

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2017

The plan combines elements proposed by Republican and Democratic administrations over three decades, going back to the attack on the air traffic controllers union in 1981.

Trump, the coal miners and the environment

By Jerry White, 6 June 2017

Stripped of the demagogy and lies, the line of the Trump administration amounts to the proposition that miners must place their full trust and confidence in the benevolence of the coal bosses.

After Trump’s withdrawal from Paris accord

Democrats step up campaign on White House-Russia ties

By Barry Grey, 5 June 2017

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has intensified the foreign policy conflict at the heart of the political warfare over alleged White House “softness” toward Russia.

At least 14 arrested in Portland as police suppress anti-Trump protest

By Evan Blake, 5 June 2017

Both right-wing and anti-Trump protests were held in Portland on Sunday, in the wake of the May 26 stabbing death of two individuals in Portland by Jeremy Joseph Christian.

Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement: The socialist solution to climate change

By Bryan Dyne, 3 June 2017

A serious response to the dangers posed by climate change is not possible within the framework of the capitalism and the nation-state system.

Study shows massive growth of political abstention in 2016 US election

By Eric London, 3 June 2017

The percentage of registered voters who said they abstained because they disliked “candidates or campaign issues” doubled from 2012.

Trump administration announces US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

By Daniel de Vries, 2 June 2017

The move, which repudiates even the most modest targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, takes place amidst growing conflicts between the major powers and a raging political crisis within the US.

Comey to testify before Congress as Trump-Russia investigation continues

By Josh Varlin, 2 June 2017

Comey’s testimony and new allegations of private meetings between Trump aides and Russian officials occur in the context of a vicious fight in the American ruling class.

Trump budget proposal signals new attacks, with devastating impact on New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 2 June 2017

Cuts to social programs will severely affect the living conditions of workers who already suffer from poverty and a lack of affordable housing.

The Great Unraveling: The crisis of the post-war geopolitical order

By Alex Lantier, 2 June 2017

The rapid shifts in international politics since President Trump’s visit to Europe point to the disintegration of institutions that have shaped global politics for decades.

Senator McCain solicits support in Australia for Trump’s removal

By Andre Damon and David North, 1 June 2017

Speaking in Australia before high-ranking state and military officials, Senator John McCain delivered a damming indictment of Donald Trump and called upon the Australian government to defy his administration.

Investigation of White House-Russia ties expands to Trump’s personal lawyer

By Barry Grey, 31 May 2017

The Democratic Party has completely aligned itself with the most rabidly anti-Russian factions of the state and made this question of imperialist policy the basis of its opposition to Trump.

Senator John McCain visits Australia to reinforce US alliance

By James Cogan, 31 May 2017

McCain issued appeals and warnings to the Australian ruling class not to deviate from its strategic alignment with the US.

US anti-missile test sends warning to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 31 May 2017

The successful interception of a dummy ICBM demonstrates to North Korea and also China that the US can launch a nuclear attack and counter any attempt to retaliate.

As US-German rift widens

Left Party campaigns for German imperialism

By Johannes Stern, 31 May 2017

Leading Left Party representatives have praised the speech given by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Bavaria Sunday, which called Germany’s alliance with the US into question.

German Social Democrats, Left Party back Merkel’s anti-US stance

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2017

The political and media establishment in Germany is exploiting outrage at US President Trump’s arrogant behaviour to mobilise support behind an independent great power policy.

New eruption of political warfare in Washington focuses on Jared Kushner’s meetings with Russians

By Barry Grey, 29 May 2017

The hue and cry over Kushner’s alleged proposal for a secret line of communication with Russia is a red herring.

Trump education budget calls for dismantling core programs, promotes vouchers and charter schools

By Evan Blake, 29 May 2017

The Trump-DeVos federal education budget seeks to cut $9.2 billion in spending through the elimination of 22 major programs and significant reductions in many others.

Trump administration grants brief extension of Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants

By John Marion, 29 May 2017

While the Trump administration threatens to deport almost 60,000 Haitian immigrants next summer, workers’ struggles in Haiti are growing.

Transatlantic tensions dominate G7 summit

By Peter Schwarz, 27 May 2017

Nearly a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, the conflicting interests among the imperialist powers have reached a point at which they can no longer be reconciled through talks and diplomacy.

War clouds over South Asia

By Keith Jones, 27 May 2017

South Asia is becoming more and more geo-politically polarized between an India allied with US imperialism and a Pakistan backed by Beijing.

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner under investigation in probe of Russia ties

By Barry Grey, 27 May 2017

The political warfare in Washington has intensified with media reports that Kushner is among those being investigated by the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Republican health plan would leave 23 million uninsured, budget office says

By Kate Randall, 26 May 2017

The AHCA would leave 23 million fewer insured by 2026, slashing $824 billion from Medicaid and driving up premiums for older Americans and those with preexisting conditions.

Trump’s budget proposal to slash $192 billion from food assistance programs

By Nick Barrickman, 26 May 2017

The cuts would be phased in over a period of 10 years and are of a piece with the broader budget, which would inflict an unprecedented $3.6 trillion in austerity.

Appeals court upholds injunction on Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Hall, 26 May 2017

The Fourth Circuit’s ruling declared that Trump’s executive order “drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination.”

Conflict between Europe and America dominates NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 26 May 2017

The first trip by US President Donald Trump to Europe has exposed the deep rift in the transatlantic alliance.

$1.4 trillion in cuts to health program for the poor

Trump budget aims to fatally cripple Medicaid

By Patrick Martin, 25 May 2017

The measures proposed by the White House would cut off tens of millions of people from access to health care, dramatically increasing disease, suffering and death.

Trump to press for increased defence spending at NATO summit

By Johannes Stern, 25 May 2017

Thursday’s summit takes place in the context of a deep crisis to which the ruling classes on both sides of the Atlantic are responding with a sharp shift to the right.

Trump’s scorched-earth budget: $1.7 trillion in cuts to vital social programs

By Kate Randall, 24 May 2017

Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” is a 52-page declaration of war against the working class.

Ex-CIA director’s testimony fuels new round of anti-Russian agitation

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2017

John Brennan testified Tuesday before an open session of the House Intelligence Committee and later behind closed doors.