The Trump Presidency

At Davos, Trump announces plans to cut Medicare and other social programs

By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020

In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.

Democrats begin Senate trial of Trump with anti-Russia diatribe

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2020

A casual viewer might have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Trump, was on trial.

US troops confront Russian convoy near Syrian oil fields

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2020

Washington is occupying Syrian oil fields to deny resources to Damascus and continue its drive for regime change.

Trump puts Europe in his sights for trade war

By Nick Beams, 23 January 2020

The stepped-up offensive was foreshadowed in Trump’s keynote address to the Davos annual meeting in which he said the US had pioneered “a new model for trade in the 21st century.”

Canadian judge begins hearing Washington’s geopolitically explosive demand for extradition of top Huawei executive

By Roger Jordan, 23 January 2020

Canadian authorities seized Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the behest of Washington, which is seeking her extradition on the basis of bogus fraud charges.

Senate adopts rules for quick impeachment trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 22 January 2020

The statements on the Senate floor by both the lawyers for Trump and the House impeachment managers made clear the right-wing, antidemocratic politics of both warring factions.

Trump backs armed gun-rights rally in Richmond, Virginia

By Barry Grey, 21 January 2020

For the second time in three days, President Donald Trump tweeted support as thousands of gun-rights activists, many of them carrying semi-automatic weapons, descended on Virginia’s capital, Richmond.

Trump administration ramps up campaign to abolish strong data encryption in aftermath of Pensacola terror shooting

By Kevin Reed, 21 January 2020

The administration, following in the footsteps of the Obama White House, is moving to attack privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2020

The president’s tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.

Chicago police to be deputized as federal immigration agents

By Kylie Rose and Andy Thompson, 20 January 2020

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency says it will use the Chicago Police Department to enforce federal immigration laws.

US official delivers Trump’s threatening message to Sri Lankan president

By K. Ratnayake, 20 January 2020

Sri Lanka is a key focus of intensifying rivalry between US and India, on one hand, and China and Russia, on the other.

Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich

JPMorgan Chase records the biggest profit of any bank in US history

By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020

The profit bonanza on Wall Street is the outcome of a bipartisan drive to enrich the financial elite at the expense of the working class.

US and UK clash over Huawei involvement in 5G rollout

By Robert Stevens, 18 January 2020

The rollout of 5G broadband wireless networks globally is becoming an arena for the eruption of geopolitical tensions.

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020

The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

Trump administration to illegally divert an additional $7.2 billion to border wall construction

By Jacob Crosse, 17 January 2020

For the second year in a row, the Trump administration is diverting congressional appropriated funds in violation of the Constitution.

Virginia declares state of emergency barring guns at State Capitol ahead of far-right rally

By Harvey Simpkins, 17 January 2020

According to the governor’s executive order thousands of “advocates” will be descending on the city, many armed, with the intent to engage in “violence, rioting, and insurrection.”

Trump seeks to roll back environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020

The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.

House forwards impeachment articles, triggering Senate trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2020

The onset of the Senate trial takes place in the context of an explosive political and social crisis and internal warfare within the American state without parallel since the Civil War.

Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents

By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020

Following Trump’s order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for “taking the side of terrorists” can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.

House Democrats to forward Trump impeachment articles, setting stage for Senate trial

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next step would be taken Tuesday at a meeting of the House Democratic caucus.

Iran admits to inadvertently shooting down Ukraine International Airlines jet, killing 176

By Jordan Shilton and Keith Jones, 13 January 2020

The felling of Flight 752 came amid a war crisis fomented by Washington’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Tehran and its January 3 assassination of Suleimani.

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020

The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the “war on terror” and decades of continuous war.

US and Israel escalate Middle East tensions in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Bill Van Auken, 11 January 2020

A report that Washington attempted to assassinate a second Iranian official in Yemen has given the lie to the claim that Suleimani was killed to prevent an “imminent” attack.

After millions march against US imperialism in the Middle East

Trump boasts of “executing” Iranian General Suleimani in Ohio campaign speech

By Barry Grey, 11 January 2020

Trump’s biggest asset is his nominal political opposition, the Democratic Party.

Denied US entry, asylum seeker takes his own life on US-Mexico border bridge

By Norisa Diaz, 11 January 2020

The suicide of Jesús García Serna casts light on the dire conditions facing the migrants being turned away from the US southern border.

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2020

On Thursday, House Democrats backed a “concurrent” resolution that places no meaningful restrictions on Trump’s ability to launch a war against Iran.

German government defends US war drive against Iran

By Johannes Stern, 10 January 2020

Having previously defended the US assassination of Gen. Qassim Soleimani, an illegal act of state terror, Berlin condemned Iran’s retaliatory strike.

New Zealand government backs US provocations against Iran

By Tom Peters, 10 January 2020

New Zealand’s Labour Party-led government has backed the US assassination of Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani and refused to withdraw NZ troops from Iraq.

Trump administration initiated program to deport Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 10 January 2020

The deportations were already under way when the story broke Monday; however, the Trump administration has since paused the program, in part due to the strong criticism from immigration advocates as well as within federal agencies.

Trump administration begins collecting DNA from detained immigrants

By Kevin Reed, 9 January 2020

The new policy violates Fourth Amendment rights and is the first step in the establishment of a law enforcement biometric database for the entire population.

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

House and Senate deadlocked over Trump impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 8 January 2020

It was the decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine, which is fighting a US proxy war against Russian-backed separatists, that triggered a furious conflict within the state and the Trump administration itself.

As millions march in Tehran, US steps up military build-up against Iran

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2020

As millions in Iran mourn the murder of General Qassem Suleimani, President Trump is assembling the forces for much greater crimes.

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Andre Damon and David North, 7 January 2020

To present with any degree of honesty the life of Major General Qassem Suleimani would require acknowledging the criminal role the United States has played in subverting the interests of the people of Iran and the entire Middle East for upwards of 70 years.

European governments defend US state terrorism following assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2020

While the European governments have called for de-escalation, they have refused to condemn as a war crime the targeted killing of a high-ranking representative of a sovereign country.

US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government

By Ulas Atesci, 7 January 2020

The Turkish government took 10 hours to react to this illegal act of war carried out by its decades-long NATO ally.

Iranian-Americans detained at US-Canada border in wake of Suleimani assassination

By Benjamin Mateus, 7 January 2020

More than 60 US citizens were held at a border crossing in Washington state Saturday, subject to illegal detention and interrogation before being allowed to return to their own country.

CBS’ “60 Minutes” program raises questions on death of Jeffrey Epstein

By Kevin Reed, 7 January 2020

A “60 Minutes” segment reveals new evidence about the death of the multi-millionaire sex offender consistent with suspicions that he was murdered and did not commit suicide.

Maduro government ousts Guaidó as speaker of the Venezuelan National Assembly

By Andrea Lobo, 7 January 2020

The move to sideline the opposition is largely based on calculations that it can exploit the war crisis in the Middle East and growing popular opposition to the lawlessness of US foreign policy.

7 January 2020

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

By The International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 January 2020

Trump’s provocation of a war with Iran is an attempt to find a way out of the increasingly desperate crisis of American capitalism—international and domestic—through spectacular acts of violence.

Trump’s anti-asylum “Remain in Mexico” policy to expand to Arizona

By Adam Mclean, 4 January 2020

Immigrants seeking asylum at the border city of Nogales, Arizona, will be turned back and left to fend for themselves on the southern side of the border.

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2020

In a reckless and criminal act, the Trump administration has effectively declared war on Iran, threatening to drag the whole world into a catastrophic conflict.

Washington escalates Mideast war threat with strikes on Iraq, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2019

Sunday’s airstrikes are part of an increasingly reckless US imperialist intervention in the region directed against Iran.

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2019

The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

Operation Relentless Pursuit: Federal agents occupying a city near you

By Jacob Crosse, 31 December 2019

As part of new law-enforcement initiative, Attorney General William Barr announced that an additional $71 million in federal funds will be allocated to seven US cities ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The US sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the danger of World War III

By Peter Schwarz, 31 December 2019

The decision by the US Congress to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline underscores the danger of world war.

Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America’s criminal wars

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2019

A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.

30 December 2019

Trump issues hypocritical threat over Syrian offensive

By Bill Van Auken, 28 December 2019

Syrian government troops backed by Russian air power have advanced on the last redoubt of Al Qaeda-linked militias in Idlib province.

Christmas Day fire in Minneapolis, Minnesota displaces more than 200

By Kate Randall, 27 December 2019

The tragedy underscores the Trump administration’s vindictive housing policy, which has cut funding for housing programs and strengthened work requirements for obtaining assistance.

Trump boasts of Democrats’ backing for his assault on immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2019

With bipartisan support, conditions on the US-Mexico border and in detention centers for immigrants have become increasingly hellish.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg forced to resign

By Bryan Dyne, 24 December 2019

Muilenburg’s removal will not change the underlying drive by Boeing for ever-greater profits at the expense of human lives.

Trump slashes Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico

By Julio Patron, 24 December 2019

President Trump personally intervened in last week’s spending talks to reduce funding for Puerto Rico, which has been plagued by recession and ruthless social inequality.

Trump signs Pentagon budget imposing new sanctions on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2019

The record $738 billion National Defense Authorization Act was passed with the overwhelming support of House and Senate Democrats.

One day after impeachment: Democrats back Trump trade, budget bills

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2019

One day after the US House of Representatives adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the House passed Trump’s top policy priority for 2019, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, by a massive bipartisan margin.

Federal judge rules US government is entitled to seize proceeds from Edward Snowden’s book sales and speaking fees

By Kevin Reed, 20 December 2019

A federal court ruled Tuesday in favor of the Justice Department’s lawsuit seeking all proceeds from the whistleblower’s recent memoir Permanent Record.

Right-wing campaigns in Georgia and Wisconsin purge half a million registered voters

By Jacob Crosse, 20 December 2019

The continued assault on democratic rights by the ruling class has led to millions of disenfranchised voters.

999 Epstein surveillance tapes lost

20 December 2019

The impeachment crisis

A plague on both political parties

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 19 December 2019

Despite the ferocity of conflict over impeachment, the Democrats and Republicans represent the twin imperatives of American imperialism: the drive toward war and fascistic authoritarianism.

Trump makes fascistic appeal in impeachment letter

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2019

While Trump is seeking to exploit the impeachment to rally a right-wing movement, the Democratic Party is fearful of and hostile to mobilizing mass popular opposition to Trump.

CIA Democrats back CIA-led impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2019

Ten out of eleven newly elected representatives with military-intelligence backgrounds have publicly backed impeachment.

US military academies investigating use of “white power” hand gesture during annual Army-Navy football game

By Kevin Reed, 17 December 2019

The likely open use of the white power symbol by Army and Navy cadets is an indication of the growth of fascistic elements within the US military.

Democrats combine impeachment and collaboration with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2019

In the midst of the impeachment inquiry, congressional Democrats are collaborating with Trump on trade war, attacks on immigrants, and a massive military build-up.

US-China deal a new phase in global trade war

By Nick Beams, 16 December 2019

In the longer term, the US wrecking operation against the World Trade Organisation is probably the most significant action in the global trade war.

Homeland Security memo exposes appalling medical mistreatment of immigrants in US custody

By Kate Randall, 14 December 2019

Men, women and children have been subject to delayed treatment for medical and mental health conditions, unnecessary surgeries, forcible medication, and other mistreatment resulting in unnecessary suffering and death.

Southern Poverty Law Center report highlights abusive conditions in US immigration detention centers

By Adam Mclean, 14 December 2019

The report was based on a comprehensive study of four adult immigrant detention facilities in southern Florida.

US tests INF-banned missile after Democrats rubber-stamp Trump’s nuclear build-up

By Andre Damon, 14 December 2019

The test comes just days after congressional Democrats voted for a massive military spending bill that stripped out language limiting the development of dangerous new nuclear weapons.

House Judiciary Committee votes to approve articles of impeachment against Trump

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2019

The debate has underscored the right-wing basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive.

Boeing executives must be tried for murder

By Bryan Dyne, 13 December 2019

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were well aware of deadly safety problems of the 737 Max 8 aircraft that cost 346 human lives.

US announces ”in principle” agreement on “phase one” US-China trade deal

By Nick Beams, 13 December 2019

Any reduction in US tariffs, will be accompanied by a so-called “snapback” provision under which they would be immediately re-imposed if it is determined that China is not abiding by its side of the deal

Pentagon chiefs say US troops to stay in Syria for years

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2019

Less than two months after Trump’s demagogic announcement of a full withdrawal from Syria, the US military has made clear that it has no plans to leave.

Warrant targeting Assange supporter reveals scope of US government campaign against WikiLeaks

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 December 2019

As part of the FBI probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 US election, the entire contents of a Google account belonging to Somerset Bean, a WikiLeaks supporter and graphic designer, was subpoenaed by the American government.

The impeachment crisis and its political consequences

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2019

Regardless of the its final outcome in the House and Senate, the impeachment proceedings will have reactionary and dangerous repercussions.

US renews insults and threats against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 December 2019

The Trump administration has made clear that it has no intention of meeting North Korea’s end-of-year deadline for meaningful talks, thus setting the stage for confrontation and conflict.

Trump signs executive order aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel

By Niles Niemuth, 12 December 2019

The purpose of the order signed Wednesday is to squelch free speech at publicly funded universities, targeting in particular the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Democrats release articles of impeachment against Trump on “national security” grounds

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2019

The articles of impeachment assert that the president “betrayed the nation” and “compromised the national security of the United States” by temporarily delaying military aid to Ukraine.

Report unmasks FBI intervention in 2016 elections

By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2019

The real threat to American democracy comes from the national-security state and the capitalist ruling elite, not from any foreign country.

Democrats, White House position themselves for impeachment vote

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2019

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote articles of impeachment against Trump this week.

Video exposes US Custom and Border Protection’s lies in death of teenage immigrant

By Adam Mclean, 7 December 2019

The gross and criminal negligence shown in the video is not an accident, but is in line with the anti-immigrant policy of the Trump administration.

Pelosi announces Democrats to begin drafting impeachment charges against Trump

By Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019

The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.

Impeachment hearing opens with Democratic Party blast against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2019

The opening statement by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler set the tone for a hearing that repeatedly returned to the bogus allegations of massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

NATO summit dominated by growing inter-state conflicts

By Alex Lantier, 5 December 2019

Explosive conflicts over trade and military policy between Washington and its main European allies erupted this week at the NATO summit in London.

Democrats’ report confirms anti-Russia axis of impeachment inquiry

By Barry Grey, 4 December 2019

The Democrats’ 300-page report is all about Ukraine and the central role it occupies in the geo-strategic operations of the United States directed against Russia.

Trump escalates global trade war

By Nick Beams, 4 December 2019

Responding to a question in London on whether there was a deadline for a trade deal with China, Trump said: “I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal.”

A Warning: A manifesto of the pro-war “Resistance” in the American state

By Andre Damon, 4 December 2019

The book makes clear that the “Resistance” to Trump’s policies within the US government, which forms the basis of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, centers on claims that Trump is insufficiently aggressive in defending and expanding America’s imperial interests.

House Democrats begin next phase of impeachment drive

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2019

The White House is refusing to participate in the first formal impeachment hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, set for Wednesday.

Iranian government kills hundreds in bid to suppress the worst protests in decades

By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2019

There is no doubt that the US, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies and Israel are seeking to exploit the escalating crisis confronting Iran.

The DSA on impeachment or: How the DSA learned to stop worrying and love Bolton

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 December 2019

The Democratic Socialists of America has given its full support to the impeachment campaign, lining up behind John Bolton and the other reactionaries promoted by the Democratic Party.

Obama spearheads campaign against Sanders’ nomination as Democratic presidential candidate

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2019

The Democratic Party establishment wants to ensure that issues of social inequality are not a focal point in the elections, even in the toothless form represented by Sanders and Warren.

US Attorney General William Barr’s brief for presidential dictatorship

By Tom Carter, 2 December 2019

Even by the degraded standards of American political discourse at present, Barr’s speech was exceptional for its essentially anti-democratic and fascistic content.

Imperialist powers intensify pressure on Iranian regime in wake of protests

By Jordan Shilton, 30 November 2019

US imperialism is chiefly responsible for the tense standoff in the Persian Gulf. But the claims of the Iranian regime that “collective security” can be achieved by establishing a closer military alliance with Beijing and Moscow are reactionary.

Trump threatens to designate Mexican cartels as “terrorists”

By Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019

The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.

999 DSA article on Bolton and impeachment

28 November 2019

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

The unprecedented intervention in defense of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher is aimed not just at facilitating war crimes abroad, but at preparing forces to be used against the working class at home.

US navy secretary fired in case of pardoned SEAL war criminal

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2019

The crimes of Gallagher and the other war criminals pardoned by Trump account for a minuscule portion of the civilians massacred in the illegal wars waged by US imperialism over the past 18 years.

Judge denies “absolute immunity” of White House aides

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2019

The ruling by Judge Kenji Brown Jackson was a sweeping rejection of the Trump administration’s claims that top officials cannot be compelled to testify before Congress.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

Trump overrides Navy’s bid to evict war criminal from SEALS

By Bill Van Auken, 22 November 2019

This was the fourth intervention by the US president in the case of Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting civilians and murdering a prisoner during the 2017 siege of Mosul.

US activist who sheltered migrants found not guilty in second trial

By Aaron Murch, 22 November 2019

The verdict, after less than two hours of deliberation, reflects the broad support for humanitarian aid for immigrants.