The Trump Presidency

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2019

The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.

Trump, Democrats clash over investigations

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2019

Trump has issued an unprecedented ultimatum: Halt investigations or no political business will be done in Washington.

After sixth death of a migrant child

Flu outbreak leads to quarantine at Texas immigrant detention center

By Alex González, 23 May 2019

The death of a migrant teenager on Monday has highlighted the inhumane conditions at one of the largest immigration detention centers in the US.

The Huawei shock

By Nick Beams, 23 May 2019

The actions by the Trump administration against the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei have sent shock waves through the global economy and the international trading system.

As more Democrats call for impeachment inquiry

Former White House counsel refuses to testify before House committee

By Barry Grey, 22 May 2019

The Democrats are warning about a “constitutional crisis” and the threat of dictatorship, but their own fecklessness is bound up with the reactionary basis of their opposition to Trump.

White House and Google launch technology war against China

By Andre Damon, 21 May 2019

Google and other companies have announced measures that would effectively destroy Huawei, the second-largest global smartphone maker and the world’s largest maker of telecommunications equipment.

Persian Gulf tensions rise as Trump threatens “end” of Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2019

The apocalyptic tweet from the US president came amid provocative drills by US warships in the Arabian Sea.

Protests erupt across US over barbaric anti-abortion ban in Alabama

By Valery Tsekov, 21 May 2019

The most significant of theses protests took place in Alabama and in Kansas City, Missouri, where a similar bill has been passed.

Trump administration shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities as fifth child dies in ICE custody

By Norisa Diaz, 21 May 2019

Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.

Mobilize the working class in defense of abortion rights

By the WSWS editorial board, 21 May 2019

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are distributing this statement at demonstrations across the US on Tuesday to defend the right to an abortion.

Kicking off his presidential campaign

Biden makes right-wing plea for “unity” with Republicans

By Patrick Martin, 20 May 2019

At the kickoff rally for his campaign, the Democratic frontrunner avoided any mention of the growth of social inequality or the domination of a financial aristocracy over America.

Trump manoeuvres in economic war against China

By Nick Beams, 20 May 2019

US intelligence chiefs have held meetings with major American companies, providing them with classified information to warn of the dangers of doing business in China.

Missouri becomes the latest state to pass punitive anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 20 May 2019

Trump's appointment of two anti-abortion justices to the high court has emboldened anti-abortion zealots, who hope this action will shift the court in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.

Ethiopian Airlines tells Boeing, FAA to stop blaming dead pilots for 737 crashes

By Trévon Austin, 20 May 2019

While neither the carriers nor the pilots had been informed of the existence of a new anti-stall system, Federal Aviation Administration officials are trying to scapegoat those pilots who died trying to overcome the airplane's design flaws .

Supreme Court justices battle over execution delays

By John Burton, 20 May 2019

In opinions last week, the three most extreme right-wing Supreme Court justices lashed out at two fellow members of the five-vote right-wing bloc.

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2019

The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

Democrats back trade war with China

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2019

The main criticism of Trump’s trade policy by congressional Democrats and most presidential candidates is that the president should focus exclusively on China and enlist Canada, Mexico and the European Union in an anti-China coalition.

The US war drive against Iran and the conflict with Europe

By Alex Lantier, 17 May 2019

Amid growing conflicts with its strategic rivals, including its European Union “allies,” Washington is seeking to reorganize Eurasian geopolitics, beginning with a war drive targeting Iran.

Washington orders US personnel out of Iraq amid war buildup against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 May 2019

The evacuation order came as a senior British general said there was no heightened threat from Iranian-backed forces in the region.

Pentagon threatens Europe over EU army plans

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2019

The letter came amid mounting tensions between Washington and its European imperialist rivals over US war threats against Iran.

In another escalation of trade war against China

Trump issues executive order directed at Huawei

By Nick Beams, 16 May 2019

The latest US action is an escalation in what could be described as a drive to “weaponise” all arms of the state in the economic confrontation against China.

Protesters occupying Venezuela embassy in Washington DC speak out

By our reporters, 16 May 2019

For over a month, protesters opposed to the illegal US regime change operation in Venezuela have defended the embassy from being taken over by pro-Guaidó forces.

ICE conducts armed raid on student pastor’s home in Chicago, abducts three

By Jacob Crosse, 16 May 2019

Betty Rendón had been preaching at Emaus Lutheran Church in Racine, Wisconsin while studying for her doctorate degree in Chicago when she, her husband and cousin were snatched by federal agents last week.

Trump planning nationwide military round-up of 10,000 immigrants

By Eric London, 15 May 2019

The unprecedented scope of the raid would require de facto martial law and serve as a test run for the mass arrest and detention of political dissidents.

No to war against Iran!

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2019

The threat of all-out war in the Middle East is greater than at any time since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and the potential consequences are far graver.

Washington pushes to brink of war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2019

Pompeo’s abrupt trip to Brussels and the deployment of more US military assets to the Persian Gulf point to a calculated US escalation of a war crisis.

Trump welcomes Hungarian far-right prime minister Orbán to the White House

By Clara Weiss, 14 May 2019

The Trump administration is sending a clear message of endorsement of the far-right in the upcoming European elections.

Trump says he reported $1.17 billion in losses over 10 years to evade paying taxes

By E.P. Milligan, 14 May 2019

Trump’s statement that he claimed losses in order to evade taxes is tantamount to an admission of tax fraud.

A new stage in the US-China trade war

By Nick Beams, 14 May 2019

The fundamental and irresolvable contradiction of world capitalism, between world economy and the nation-state system, lies at the root of the accelerating US-China trade war.

The working class and the threat of dictatorship in the US

By Patrick Martin, 13 May 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats admit that there is a “constitutional crisis” but refuse to conduct a serious struggle against Trump’s authoritarian actions.

“Act now” on trade or it will get worse, Trump threatens China

By Nick Beams, 13 May 2019

The increasingly belligerent US rhetoric is being matched by action expected to target another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs of 25 percent.

Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing

By Eric London, 13 May 2019

The Washington Post reports that Trump's fascist adviser Stephen Miller propagated the new rule, while HUD itself assesses its purpose is to increase poverty and destitution among immigrant families.

Trump rally roars approval for call to “shoot” immigrants

By Eric London, 10 May 2019

When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should “shoot” immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.

US seizes North Korean ship

By Mike Head, 10 May 2019

This week’s developments demonstrate that the Trump administration has no intention of striking a deal with Pyongyang unless it involves a total capitulation and embrace of Washington’s offensive against China.

US tariff hike against China goes ahead

By Nick Beams, 10 May 2019

Trump said talks with Chinese representatives would proceed, but “I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

Venezuela tensions mount after arrest of coup leader

By Bill Van Auken, 10 May 2019

Washington continues to threaten military intervention in the oil-rich South American country.

House committee votes contempt charge against Trump’s attorney general William Barr

By Patrick Martin, 9 May 2019

The conflict between Congress and the White House represents the breakdown of the institutional framework through which American capitalist politics has operated for more than two centuries.

Pompeo lays down the law during UK visit

By Robert Stevens, 9 May 2019

The US secretary of state’s remit was to demand that the UK government toe the line in backing the geo-strategic imperatives of US imperialism… or else.

China to hit back if new US tariff threat goes ahead

By Nick Beams, 9 May 2019

The US is demanding China submit an inventory of laws and regulations it will enact to guarantee compliance with any trade deal—in effect dictating economic policy to Beijing.

Trump issues full pardon to former lieutenant who executed prisoner in Iraq

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 May 2019

The act of clemency for a war criminal was a calculated gesture to ultra-right and fascistic elements inside and outside the US military.

The social crisis and the global eruption of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2019

Washington’s brazen and reckless military threats and provocations on a world scale are driven by deep-going social and political crises within the US itself.

Financial parasitism and the stock market surge

By Nick Beams, 9 May 2019

In its maniacal drive for higher profits, increasingly generated by the parasitic inflation of stock prices, finance capital and its mouthpieces in politics and the media demand that more cheap money be made available through the slashing of interest rates.

Trump floats proposal to cancel 2020 elections

By Eric London, 8 May 2019

Bourgeois politics has degenerated to such a degree that political and legal norms considered fundamental since the American Revolution are now challenged by presidential tweet.

Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly joins board of migrant detention firm

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 May 2019

The retired general and anti-immigrant demagogue is profiting from the draconian policies he helped implement while working in the Trump administration.

Georgia governor signs “heartbeat” anti-abortion legislation

By Kate Randall, 8 May 2019

The “Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act” marks a new stage in an orchestrated campaign to outlaw abortion.

Canada’s Liberal government abets US-sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela

By Roger Jordan, 8 May 2019

Last week Canada proclaimed its support for Guaidó’s coup attempt and stepped up its efforts to bring to power a far-right, pro-imperialist regime in Caracas.

Betraying my principles is “a much worse prison than the government can construct”

After nearly two months in jail, Chelsea Manning submits powerful appeal for release

By Niles Niemuth, 7 May 2019

Manning has been detained for contempt of court after she refused to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring frame-up charges against WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange.

On eve of trade talks in Washington

Trump threatens new tariffs against China

By Nick Beams, 6 May 2019

Trump’s threats, aimed at putting intense pressure on Chinese negotiators when they sit down with their US counterparts on Wednesday, could have the effect of blowing up the talks.

Washington political warfare intensifies with lawsuits, looming contempt charges

By Patrick Martin, 4 May 2019

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which would handle impeachment proceedings, warned that “the system of not having a president as a dictator is very much at stake.”

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military

By Jacob Crosse, 4 May 2019

Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.

US-China trade talks enter final phase

By Nick Beams, 4 May 2019

One of the main sticking points is agreement on the procedure by which US tariffs imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted if a trade agreement is reached.

Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness

By Kevin Martinez, 3 May 2019

The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.

US escalates threat of military intervention in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2019

After Tuesday’s abortive coup attempt by Washington’s puppet Juan Guaidó, the Trump administration has issued even more explicit military threats.

US attorney general refuses to testify before House Judiciary Committee

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2019

Barr’s decision came after a contentious day-long hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee where he took questions on his handling of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Guaidó launches abortive military coup in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2019

By late Tuesday, there was little indication that Guaidó’s call had provoked any significant uprising within Venezuela’s military.

In violation of international law

Trump orders new attacks on rights of refugees, asylum seekers

By Norisa Diaz, 1 May 2019

Trump has directed that his top officials to impose a fee on asylum seekers, give border patrol cops authority to determine credible fear claims and place restrictions on work permits.

US threatens UK over Huawei involvement in 5G network

By Robert Stevens, 1 May 2019

After it was leaked that Huawei could help build the British 5G network, the Trump administration is threatening to shut Britain out of “Five Eyes” intelligence sharing.

Preparing for World War Three

Global military spending tops $1.8 trillion, highest on record

By Niles Niemuth, 30 April 2019

Nearly three decades after the end of the Cold War, the world’s capitalist elite, led by the United States, are preparing for a devastating conflict of global proportions.

Biden holds first campaign rally in Pittsburgh-area union hall

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2019

The former vice president appealed for support from working-class voters while embracing the organizations that have betrayed them.

Pentagon fires Guantanamo prison commander for calling attention to US crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2019

Vice Admiral Ring was removed from his post after telling the media that the US prison camp had to prepare for “end-of-life” care for detainees.

US government tries to distance itself from border militia

By Trévon Austin, 30 April 2019

The arrest of Larry Hopkins was carried out to mask the fact that militia groups act as auxiliary arms of Border Patrol.

Trump orders officials to refuse congressional subpoenas

By Eric London, 29 April 2019

The Democrats have responded by threatening to withhold funds from noncomplying agencies and to jail administration officials who are in contempt of Congress.

Fascist gunman attacks California synagogue

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2019

President Trump is the moral author of this latest expression of fascistic violence in America and internationally.

US military set to loosen rules for troops operating along southern border

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 April 2019

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are clearing the way for Trump to escalate his anti-immigrant program amidst silence from Democrats.

GM continues tax avoidance schemes while it slashes thousands of jobs

By George Kirby, 26 April 2019

General Motors has received billions of dollars in government tax benefits over the past decade even as it continues to cut jobs and extract concessions from workers.

Conflict mounts between White House and Congress over subpoenas

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2019

President Trump has ordered lower-ranking officials to refuse to testify or supply documents to any investigation by the House of Representatives into his business and political activities.

US imperialism resurrects the Monroe Doctrine

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2019

The repeated invocation of the nearly two-century-old canon of US imperialist policy constitutes a warning that Washington is preparing for intensified military intervention in the region.

What the Supreme Court is repudiating

The Enlightenment, the American Revolution and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment

By Ed Hightower, 24 April 2019

Recent US Supreme Court rulings in death penalty cases represent a vast, anti-democratic cultural, legal and political retrogression.

Washington tightens sanctions to cut Iran oil exports to “zero”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2019

The lifting of waivers granted to five countries that imported substantial quantities of Iranian oil represents a dangerous escalation of US economic warfare against Tehran.

In wake of Mueller report: Democrats, media push anti-Russian hysteria

By Patrick Martin, 23 April 2019

In the wake of the release of the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Democratic Party and the bulk of the corporate media have decided to intensify their campaign of anti-Russian slander and provocation.

Responding to public outrage, FBI arrests leader of border militia which detained hundreds of migrants

By Norisa Diaz, 23 April 2019

The arrest of border vigilante leader Larry Hopkins on Saturday is an effort by federal agents and CBP to publicly distance themselves from the right-wing militia groups with whom they routinely collaborate.

Legal experts: Assange likely faces espionage charges if extradited to US

By Oscar Grenfell, 22 April 2019

If he is extradited to the US, Assange will be denied genuine due process and will likely face charges carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Empty buildings, empty promises: Foxconn con job continues in Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 22 April 2019

An estimated $300 million has already been siphoned from public coffers to provide transportation access for a nonexistent factory complex.

The Mueller report and the campaign against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 20 April 2019

An editorial in the New York Times makes clear that the central purpose of the Democrats’ campaign against Trump has been to demand more aggressive action against Russia.

Armed militia detaining asylum seekers at gunpoint along US-Mexico border

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Niles Niemuth, 20 April 2019

An armed militia calling itself the United Constitutional Patriots posted videos of its members detaining hundreds of migrants at the New Mexico border, in actions seemingly coordinated with the Border Patrol.

CIA director called out for complicity in torture

By Trévon Austin, 20 April 2019

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel was delivering a recruiting pitch to students at Auburn University on Thursday where she was called out by an audience member for her participation in torture and other crimes.

US education secretary to gut regulations, seek a “major shift” in higher education—Part 1

By Nancy Hanover, 20 April 2019

A crude assault on educational standards, which hardens the class divide in educational access and spurs the plundering of the “education market,” is being enacted under the cover of “rule-making” by the US Department of Education.

Trump administration escalates threats against Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 April 2019

The Trump administration is imposing unilateral sanctions aimed at punishing foreign corporations, particularly European and Canadian, with investments in Cuba.

Mueller report re-ignites political warfare in Washington

By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2019

Congressional Democrats and their media backers are seeking to use the findings of the investigation to boost their right-wing anti-Russia campaign.

US preparing more charges against Julian Assange

By Kristina Betinis, 19 April 2019

A report by CNN confirms the warnings made by the WSWS that if the journalist is extradited to the United States, additional, possibly capital, charges would be brought against him.

US attorney general orders denial of bond, indefinite detention of asylum seekers

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2019

The action by William Barr overturns more than a decade of legal precedent and sets the stage for the criminalization of refugees seeking asylum.

Behind Trump’s clash with the Fed: Looming economic crisis and class conflict

By Nick Beams, 18 April 2019

The American president, in demanding that the Fed intervene to drive up the stock market, has stated openly what the US central bank has been doing for decades.

Vetoing congressional resolution, Trump reaffirms US support for Saudi slaughter in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 18 April 2019

Trump’s veto is a declaration of the absolute authority of the president to wage war without the fig leaf of congressional approval.

Trump, the Fed and the New York Times

By Nick Beams, 17 April 2019

Trump has repeatedly attacked the Fed after Wall Street last year experienced its worst December result since the depths of the Great Depression in 1931.

US Tax Day 2019: Sixty giant corporations pay zero income tax

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2019

As a consequence of Trump’s 2017 tax cut for the wealthy, the number of Fortune 500 companies paying no federal income taxes has doubled.

Stop the extraordinary rendition of Julian Assange!

By Eric London, 15 April 2019

What is being presented as an extradition request by the US is so loaded with illegality that it would be more precise to call it an extraordinary rendition.

Trump, ultra-right media target Representative Ilhan Omar

By Patrick Martin, 15 April 2019

The ongoing campaign of anti-Muslim vilification is an incitement to violence.

Palestinian leader of campaign to boycott Israel denied entry to US

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2019

The action taken against Omar Barghouti is another illustration of the close policy coordination between the ultra-right regimes of Trump and Netanyahu.

Trump officials discussed using troops to run migrant detention camps

By Barry Grey, 13 April 2019

Trump has been able to carry through his anti-immigrant program, despite popular opposition, because the Democrats have done nothing to seriously oppose it.

White House to intensify anti-immigrant rampage

By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2019

Multiple media reports say that the Trump administration is pushing for new anti-immigrant measures, including forcible separation of asylum seekers from their children.

As trade tensions increase, IMF lowers forecasts for global growth

By Nick Beams, 11 April 2019

The IMF reported that industrial production and investment remained weak in many advanced and developing economies, and world trade had yet to recover.

The dictatorial impulse behind Trump’s political purge

By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2019

The abrupt firing of the DHS secretary and Secret Service chief are part of an effort to surround Trump with a loyal praetorian guard.

US labels Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist group

By Barry Grey, 9 April 2019

Trump and Pompeo made a point of threatening other foreign countries, officials and businesses with retaliatory sanctions and possible criminal prosecution.

Socialism haunts the American ruling class

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2019

Since Donald Trump vowed in his State of the Union address that “America will never be a socialist country,” the president has embraced anti-socialism as the defining theme of his 2020 reelection campaign.

Obama, Pelosi push Democrats further to the right

By Patrick Martin, 8 April 2019

Obama, who headed a thoroughly right-wing imperialist government, and House speaker Pelosi, who is married to a multi-millionaire real estate developer, have been working together in a joint effort to curb the activities of the “lefts” in the House Democratic caucus.

Trump calls for more cheap money for financial markets

By Nick Beams, 8 April 2019

Proposals by Trump to fill two vacancies on the Fed’s board of governors have brought denunciations of political stacking.

University of Arizona students arrested for protesting Border Patrol agents

By Shuvvu Batta, 8 April 2019

In Arizona, a Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and three years’ probation, along with a $2,500 fine plus surcharges.

US Homeland Security chief forced out as anti-immigrant crackdown looms

By Eric London, 8 April 2019

Trump advisor Stephen Miller is orchestrating a right-wing takeover of the federal deportation apparatus with the support of a network of fascist Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and border patrol officers.

Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants

By Dan Conway, 6 April 2019

Trump’s visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

US-China trade deal pushed back

By Nick Beams, 6 April 2019

Trump emerged from a meeting with chief Chinese trade negotiator Liu He to say it would take at least four weeks to reach an agreement as he declined to set a date for a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.