The Trump Presidency

Washington imposes sanctions against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2018

The sanctions over alleged Russian cyberattacks and “interference” in US elections came as Washington joined the UK, France and Germany in indicting Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

Trump to fire National Security Adviser McMaster as personalist circle tightens

By Eric London, 16 March 2018

Donald Trump’s presidency resembles less and less a presidential administration and more a personalist clique of appointees who serve their leader.

Seven days in March: The Trump administration and the breakdown of American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 15 March 2018

Actions taken by the Trump administration this week reveal its ever more open turn to authoritarianism, while the Democrats have become the party of the CIA.

Trump vetoes takeover of Qualcomm

By Nick Beams, 15 March 2018

Trump’s intervention demonstrates that “America First” nationalism and “national security” invocations are coming to dominate his administration’s economic decisions.

Trump’s firing of Tillerson signals further shift toward global war

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Tillerson’s replacement by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is bound up with a turn toward upending the nuclear agreement with Iran and a more aggressive militarist policy.

Trump taps torturer to head CIA

By Bill Van Auken, 14 March 2018

Touted as the first woman to head the US spy agency, the nomination of Gina Haspel marks a further rehabilitation of the methods of torture and forced disappearances.

Trump visits border wall prototypes in California to “pick the right one”

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 March 2018

Trump’s first visit to California as president sparked protests and came in the context of an intensification of the anti-immigrant policies of the administration.

Canada touts military-strategic alliance with Washington to win exemption from Trump’s tariffs

By Roger Jordan, 14 March 2018

Trudeau and his ministers are boasting that Canadian steel and aluminum exports are crucial to the US war machine.

The social and political roots of mass shootings in America

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 14 March 2018

The framework of the official debate over the horrific regularity of mass shootings like that in Parkland, Florida obscures the underlying causes: social inequality and war.

On eve of Pennsylvania vote

Trump, Democrats race to the right

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2018

Trump made fascistic remarks at a campaign rally near Pittsburgh, while Democrats attacked him from the right, on both trade and policy towards North Korea.

Trump calls for execution of drug dealers at Pennsylvania rally

By Nick Barrickman, 12 March 2018

Despite recommendations from a bipartisan commission established last March, the Trump administration has failed to address the social devastation responsible for the crisis.

Confusion over US tariff exemptions

By Nick Beams, 12 March 2018

US trade representative Robert Lighthizer could give his EU and Japanese counterparts no indication of the criteria for gaining an exemption.

US “allies” scramble for tariff exemptions

By Nick Beams, 10 March 2018

The European Union is “counting” on being exempted from the Trump tariff measures but may get short shrift.

Australian government obtains “national security” exemption from Trump’s trade war measures

By Mike Head, 10 March 2018

The government argued that retaining steel production in Australia was vital for its $200 billion military spending program.

Trump, risking trade war, signs off on steel and aluminium tariffs

By Nick Beams, 9 March 2018

Trump’s tariff announcement expresses the turn by the United States to the types of protectionist measures that characterised the 1930s Great Depression.

Trump accepts North Korean offer of talks, on US terms

By James Cogan, 9 March 2018

The Pyongyang regime’s decades-long perspective has been to reach an accommodation with US imperialism and the South Korean ruling class.

Trade conflict heats up

By Nick Beams, 8 March 2018

The European Union hopes to avert the Trump tariff measures but at a press conference Trump singled out the EU for attack.

Justice department files suit against California “sanctuary” laws

By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2018

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions travelled to Sacramento to deliver a vitriolic attack on immigrants.

Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn resigns over tariff decision

By Niles Niemuth, 7 March 2018

Among those reportedly opposed to Trump’s trade war policy are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and retired Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense.

US Border Patrol uses pretext of “human trafficking” to separate immigrant children from parents

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 March 2018

The Department of Homeland Security is using a legal pretext to separate children from their parents so the parents can be jailed.

Canadian ruling elite reacts to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs

By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2018

Signaling the Canadian ruling elite’s readiness to support Washington in a trade war against China and other rivals, Ottawa is pleading for an exemption from Trump’s tariffs.

Impoverished California parents arrested, charged with raising children in substandard conditions

By Dan Conway, 6 March 2018

By all indications, the only crime committed by the two homeless parents was raising their children while extremely poor.

The historic significance of Trump’s trade war measures

By Nick Beams, 5 March 2018

Trump’s trade measures are a major step in the dismantling of the system of economic relations established by Washington itself after World War II.

South Korea delegation heads to Pyongyang for talks

By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2018

Despite appeals from South Korea, there is no sign that the Trump administration is prepared to make any concessions to enable negotiations with North Korea to proceed.

Ruling class conflicts in the US target inner circle of Trump White House

By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2018

The corporate media and the intelligence services are spearheading an attack that has crippled the White House and seems aimed at forcing Trump out.

Trump launches trade war

By Nick Beams, 2 March 2018

In imposing a global tariff hike, rather than selective measures, Trump took the toughest option presented to him by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

ICE carries out mass immigration roundups in Northern California

By Alec Andersen, 1 March 2018

Since Sunday, dozens of ICE agents have conducted broad sweeps of immigrant communities, knocking on doors and arresting those who were unable to produce proper immigration documents.

Washington infighting intensifies with resignation of White House communications director

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2018

Hope Hicks, a longtime aide to the Trump family, was the fifth person to hold the top communications position for Trump in little over a year.

Fed’s concern over prospect of a wages movement jolts markets

By Nick Beams, 1 March 2018

One of the key aspects of Fed chief Powell’s question-time comments was his views on the “continuing strength in the labour market.”

Trump’s reign of terror on California immigrants

By Eric London, 27 February 2018

The Democratic Party is allowing immigration officials to round up hundreds of thousands of people while focusing all its energy on its anti-Russia campaign.

Democratic memo defends FBI’s illegal spying on Trump campaign

By Barry Grey, 26 February 2018

The Democratic Party has shifted so far to the right that it is now the most subservient defender of the repressive apparatus of the American state.

South Korean president holds talks with top North Korean officials

By Ben McGrath, 26 February 2018

North Korea has offered to hold talks with the US, but the Trump administration is insisting that Pyongyang must first demonstrate its willingness to denuclearise.

Australian prime minister expands war commitments during Washington trip

By Mike Head, 26 February 2018

Turnbull was clearly under pressure to step-up Canberra’s participation in US military operations.

Trump uses Australian PM’s visit to threaten North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 24 February 2018

Trump warned that if sanctions on North Korea did not work he would move to “phase two,” which could be “a very rough thing.”

Plea deal by former Trump aide brings Russia probe closer to White House

By Barry Grey, 24 February 2018

Gates’ plea deal comes in the midst of an increasingly hysterical campaign in the media against Russia.

The growing threat of global trade war

By Nick Beams, 24 February 2018

Two major initiatives by the Trump administration over the past month have ratcheted up global tensions, bringing the threat of retaliatory actions from the European Union and China.

The Parkland shooting: Why are mass killings so common in the United States?

By Eric London, 23 February 2018

Thousands of students have joined demonstrations in the aftermath of the latest eruption of homicidal violence. But to stop the killings, they need to understand the deeper social and political roots of these tragedies.

Student protests spread over US school shootings

By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2018

Thousands of students took part in demonstrations and school walkouts from coast to coast, while a delegation of survivors of the Parkland massacre visited the White House.

The 2018 Munich Security Conference and the emerging conflict between the US and Europe

By Alex Lantier, 22 February 2018

This weekend's conference was dominated by rising, potentially violent conflict between the major powers, notably the United States and Europe.

The Russian meddling fraud: Weapons of mass destruction revisited

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 20 February 2018

As with the Bush administration’s lies about Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” the claim that Russia “attacked” the US by “meddling” in the 2016 elections is aimed at creating a justification for war.

The media and the Mueller indictment: A conspiracy theory to end all conspiracy theories

By Patrick Martin, 19 February 2018

Nothing in the indictment comes close to supporting the wild claims from the media being used to justify a campaign for war and domestic repression.

Another US step toward trade war

By Nick Beams, 19 February 2018

“If we ever have a conflict, we don’t want to be buying steel [from] a country we are fighting,” Trump declared, referring particularly to China.

Puerto Rican Investment Summit discusses how to profit from human tragedy

By Rafael Azul, 19 February 2018

Oblivious to the humanitarian crisis, participants discussed how to profit from the hurricane destruction and protect their speculative assets from US taxes.

The US signals tougher stance against Burma on Rohingya crisis

By John Roberts, 19 February 2018

Washington’s attitude to the humanitarian disaster is not determined by concern for the suffering of the Rohingya, but by its efforts to isolate China in the Indo-Pacific region.

Indictment of Russian nationals used to campaign for censorship and war

By Andre Damon, 17 February 2018

The indictments are primarily aimed at providing US media outlets with fodder for their claim that social opposition within the United States is the work of foreign agitators.

Report details psychological and health impact of deportation on children

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 17 February 2018

According to the medical journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, fear of deportation causes large scale socio-psychological trauma among immigrant children.

Trump budget proposes massive cuts in food stamps and other social programs

By Shelley Connor, 17 February 2018

The proposed cuts would mean starvation for large numbers of poor Americans.

US judges issue temporary stays of deportations for Christian Indonesians

By Tim Avery, 17 February 2018

Federal courts temporarily stayed deportations for ethnic Chinese Christians who face discrimination and persecution in Indonesia.

Danger of mass deportations grows as US Senate refuses to protect immigrant youth

By Eric London, 16 February 2018

The entire framework of the immigration debate has a right-wing, anti-democratic character.

Deportation of New York City immigrant rights activist delayed as ICE crackdown continues

By Daniel de Vries, 16 February 2018

Ravi Ragbir, the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition, is one of several prominent activists snatched up by ICE amid an expanding wave of detentions and deportations.

Neo-McCarthyite hysteria at US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2018

Tuesday’s hearing was an exercise in right-wing hysteria aimed at promoting the claim that all social opposition in the United States is the product of foreign subversion.

Democrats back punitive immigration plan as Senate vote looms

By Eric London, 15 February 2018

The framework of the immigration debate is far to the right of any public discussion on the subject since Congress imposed racial quotas in the 1920s.

US Congress begins debate on milestone anti-immigrant legislation

By Eric London, 13 February 2018

Immigrants could wish for no worse group of people to determine their fates than a Congress controlled by the corporations and the military-intelligence agencies.

2018 Winter Olympics held in Korea under shadow of war

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2018

This Olympics, like those that have preceded it, has been dominated by extreme expressions of nationalism and chauvinism, particularly by the US.

Trump war budget calls for sweeping cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps

By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2018

The White House urged congressional Republicans to proceed with the military spending proposed in a bipartisan budget deal last week, but renege on promises to increase spending on domestic social programs.

US to expand military deployments as war danger builds in Asia

By James Cogan, 12 February 2018

The United Sates is preparing for “great-power conflict” in the Pacific by massively increasing its military presence in the region.

White House aides forced out over domestic abuse allegations

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2018

The media firestorm over the charges against White House secretary Rob Porter is the latest skirmish in the political warfare in Washington between rival factions of the ruling elite.

The nightmare reality for immigrants across US in 2018

By Eric London, 12 February 2018

In recent weeks, immigration agents and police have waged war in working class neighborhoods across America, tearing immigrants from their families and friends.

US vice president foreshadows “toughest” sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2018

Pence’s aggressive remarks cut across any attempt by the South Korean president to use the Winter Olympics to create an opening for negotiations with North Korea.

Trump’s parade and the threat of military dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 8 February 2018

The US president’s bid to roll tanks down Pennsylvania Avenue is no mere personal whim. It is bound up with deep-going changes in US society and the capitalist state apparatus.

Trump’s chief of staff mocks young immigrants as “afraid” and “lazy” as DACA deadline approaches

By Eric London, 7 February 2018

The climate in Washington ahead of Thursday’s budget deadline gives a sense of the right-wing framework of whatever immigration agreement the Democrats and Republicans make.

Trump considers “bloody nose” strike on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 6 February 2018

US aggression against North Korea would almost certainly trigger retaliation and result in an escalating conflict that would drag in other nuclear-armed powers such as Russia and China.

Before budget deadline Thursday, Senate Democrats and Republicans prepare reactionary “border security” bill

By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2018

A new federal shutdown could begin Thursday midnight, with further deadlines looming on the debt ceiling and the expiration of DACA protection for young immigrants.

Democrats defend FBI as Republican memo shows anti-Russia campaign built on illegal spying

By Eric London, 5 February 2018

In the factional conflict within the ruling class, the Democrats have emerged as the principal defenders of the military-intelligence apparatus.

ICE conducts 77 workplace raids in Northern California

By Evan Blake, 5 February 2018

The wide scale of the workplace raids could signal the start of an anticipated crackdown across the entire region, threatening over 1,500 with arrest and deportation.

Release of Nunes memo throws anti-Russia campaign into disarray

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2018

In a further intensification of the factional conflict gripping the US ruling elite, the White House published a congressional memo Friday alleging the FBI used false pretenses to spy on the Trump campaign.

Fear of working class upsurge triggers plunge in financial markets

By Barry Grey, 3 February 2018

The increasing market volatility takes place amidst signs of mounting working class resistance.

Trump administration presses for more options for war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 February 2018

Even as tensions appear to have eased on the Korean Peninsula with the Winter Olympics about to begin, the US is continuing its preparations for a military strike.

National Guard, federal agents and police mobilize for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

By Anthony Bertolt, 3 February 2018

Minnesota is seeing the largest military-police operation in the state’s history under the guise of providing security for the NFL’s championship game.

Trump in open clash with FBI over Russia probe

By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2018

The Democratic Party is siding with the intelligence agencies against Trump in a conflict pitting two reactionary and criminal sections of the ruling class against each other.

US Border Patrol vilify DACA recipients, linking them to human smuggling

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 2 February 2018

The US Border Patrol emphasized the DACA status of two young men arrested over recent incidents in the San Diego area.

Trump’s State of Delusion

By Barry Grey, 1 February 2018

The degeneration of the State of the Union as an institution is connected to the mounting crisis of American capitalism.

CIA director brands China “as big a threat to the US” as Russia

By Peter Symonds, 1 February 2018

Pompeo’s warning signals the ramping up of a campaign on alleged Chinese interference in the US as Washington increases its trade war measures and military build-up against Beijing.

Trump’s State of the Union address: A spectacle of reaction and militarism

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2018

The foul character of the speech, the media coverage, and the ceremony as a whole testifies to the exclusion of any opposition within the political establishment to the agenda of corporate America.

Trump unveils sweeping attack on immigrants in reform proposal

By Eric London, 30 January 2018

The proposal will cut legal immigration by 22 million over several decades while providing the weakest protections for DACA recipients.

The Economist: Humanity teeters on the brink of world war

By James Cogan, 30 January 2018

The latest issue of the London weekly declares that the past quarter century of bloody conflicts is just the prelude to an even more horrific future.

As Trump, Republicans move to derail Russia probe, Democrats rush to defend FBI

By Barry Grey, 30 January 2018

Throughout the increasingly bitter Russia investigation, the Democrats have assumed the role of patriotic defenders of the intelligence and police agencies.

Senate Democratic leader seeks to protect Special Counsel Mueller, not DACA immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2018

The statement by Schumer demonstrates the real priorities of the Democratic Party, which is focused on whipping up the anti-Russia campaign, not halting the persecution of immigrants.

Conflict in Washington escalates with report Trump sought to fire special prosecutor

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2018

The front-page story in the New York Times marks a new stage in the ongoing political warfare in Washington.

The “fractured world”: Plutocrats convene in Davos amid war and great-power conflict

By Andre Damon, 27 January 2018

The 47th annual World Economic Forum was dominated by apprehension over every aspect of global politics and economics, from the possibility of a 2008-style financial collapse to the threat of a new world war.

A socialist strategy is needed to defend immigrants!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 27 January 2018

The ongoing negotiations in Washington over DACA and TPS prove that the defense of immigrants requires a break with the Democrats and a turn to the working class.

Will there be a US nuclear sneak attack on North Korea?

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2018

Amid a feverish US military buildup, Washington rolled out a new round of sanctions aimed at strangling North Korea’s economy.

As special counsel zeros in on Trump, political warfare in Washington heats up

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2018

The Democrats are rushing to defend the FBI against attacks by Republican opponents of Mueller’s investigation and using the Russia probe to escalate the campaign for censorship.

US escalates war for annexation of Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2018

In Syria, the Pentagon’s declared shift from the “war on terror” to great power conflict has already been realized in bloody facts on the ground.

Detroit protest against planned deportation of Albanian immigrant

By Will Morrow, 25 January 2018

Ded Rranxburgaj has taken refuge in a Detroit church in a desperate effort to prevent his deportation scheduled for today.

Fifty-nine defendants await trial for protesting against Trump’s inauguration

By E.P. Milligan, 24 January 2018

The Trump administration is determined to win some convictions to set a legal precedent for the criminalization of constitutionally protected political speech and protest.

Political lessons from the sham US government shutdown

By Eric London, 24 January 2018

The spineless character of the Democrats’ supposed defense of immigrant youth stands in stark contrast to the party’s furious efforts to prosecute the anti-Russia campaign.

Federal shutdown ends as Democrats cave in to Trump

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2018

Hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients still face possible deportation in six weeks as the supposed “resistance” to Trump by Senate Democrats lasted less than three days.

The class issues in the US federal shutdown

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2018

Through the conflict between two capitalist parties, the whole spectrum of bourgeois politics in America is being shifted further to the right.

US destroyer intrudes into waters around Chinese-controlled islet

By Peter Symonds, 22 January 2018

The latest “freedom of navigation” provocation came on the eve of a meeting of top naval commanders in India where US Admiral Harry Harris condemned China as “a disruptive force.”

US takes aim at China over trade

By Nick Beams, 22 January 2018

The Trump administration has declared it was a mistake to admit China to the World Trade Organisation in 2001.

US budget charade causes government shutdown

By Eric London, 20 January 2018

Whatever the immediate outcome of the ongoing budget negotiations, the result will shift the political landscape even further to the right.

Federal agency promotes religious “exceptions” to health care

By Ed Hightower, 20 January 2018

A government office devoted to protecting the religious freedom of health care workers is a solution in search of a problem.

One year of Democratic sabotage of opposition to Trump

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2018

The Democratic Party has spent the past year suppressing and diverting popular resistance to the Trump administration.

US announces indefinite deployment of military forces in Syria

By James Cogan, 19 January 2018

The pretext that the motive of the US in Syria was to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has been cast aside.

Bernie Sanders seeks to derail growing working class opposition to capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2018

The Vermont senator issued an appeal to oppose mounting global inequality that makes no mention of capitalism, socialism, war or the class struggle.

Trump administration escalates attack on data encryption

By Will Morrow, 17 January 2018

In a sign that the White House is moving to criminalize encryption, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein argued that “warrant-proof” files are unconstitutional.

Hawaii’s “false alarm” and the advanced preparations for war against North Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2018

The terror unleashed upon the population of Hawaii cannot be understood outside of the myriad exercises being conducted by the Pentagon in preparation for an invasion of North Korea.

Martin Luther King Day marked with an open racist in the White House

By Fred Mazelis, 16 January 2018

The advent of Trump exposes the reality beneath the hypocritical official tributes to the slain civil rights leader.

The missile alert in Hawaii

Thirty-eight minutes of chaos

By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2018

A false warning of impending nuclear attack terrorized millions on Saturday.