The Trump Presidency

South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee reopening as coronavirus deaths mount

By Matthew MacEgan, 22 April 2020

The actions amount to a death sentence for thousands of working people, and particularly the elderly.

Trump announces plan to halt all immigration to US

By Eric London, 22 April 2020

Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.

As US deaths exceed 40,000, Trump escalates reckless back-to-work campaign

By Andre Damon, 20 April 2020

The government’s overriding concern is to ensure that the pandemic does not interfere with the enrichment of Wall Street and the major corporations.

Trump tweets support for far-right protests against social distancing orders

By Barry Grey, 18 April 2020

Having announced his plan for the state-by-state reopening of the economy, Trump is seeking to mobilize his far-right base to press for a rapid lifting of barriers to corporate profit-making.

The pandemic, profits and the capitalist justification of suffering and death

By David North, 18 April 2020

For the financial-corporate oligarchy, the pandemic has been viewed, above all else, as an economic crisis. Its principal concern from the start was not the potential loss of life but the destabilization of the financial markets, the disruption of the process of profit extraction, and, of course, a substantial decline in the personal wealth of the members of the oligarchy.

Trump administration’s “back to work” drive will fuel pandemic

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 17 April 2020

Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible.

Trump defunds the World Health Organization: A “crime against humanity”

By Bryan Dyne, 16 April 2020

Public health experts have warned that Trump’s move would leave developing countries in the crosshairs of COVID-19 defenseless.

As pandemic deaths continue to rise

Trump calls on states to move quickly to reopen their economies

By Barry Grey, 15 April 2020

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday congratulated both Trump and the Democratic governors for moving to lift the restrictions on profit-making.

As COVID-19 death toll mounts, US ruling class demands a more rapid return to work

By Bryan Dyne, 13 April 2020

After a week in which more than 10,000 Americans died from the coronavirus, the US media and political establishment has launched a concerted effort to get workers back to work.

US blocks IMF loan for Iran’s fight against COVID-19

By Bill Van Auken, 11 April 2020

The denial of desperately needed aid as Iran confronts one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world is part of a US sanctions regime that is tantamount to a state of war.

Trump administration using pandemic to deport 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers to Mexico

By Joe Williams, 11 April 2020

US government has been using an obscure statute on communicable diseases to expel tens of thousands.

Trump’s campaign to reopen businesses risks hundreds of thousands of lives

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 11 April 2020

By the US government’s own calculations, a premature return to work could lead to 140,000 additional deaths.

Trump executive order asserts US property rights in outer space

By Don Barrett, 10 April 2020

The assertion of property rights follows the creation of the US “Space Force” branch of the military, as capitalism demands a return on investment in space.

Trump nominates White House lawyer to oversee $500 billion bailout slush fund

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2020

While the US government expedites the flood of cash to the wealthy and slow-walks any assistance to workers and sections of the lower-middle class, the economic collapse is accelerating.

Amid war threats, Washington blocks UN resolution demanding end to sanctions

By Bill Van Auken, 4 April 2020

The Trump administration has brushed aside calls for an end to punishing sanctions against Venezuela and Iran, threatening both countries with military aggression.

Navy fires captain who warned of COVID-19 spread on aircraft carrier

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 April 2020

The move is a clear statement that saving lives in the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be allowed to interfere with the war aims of US imperialism.

Banks set to make billions from stimulus measures

By Nick Beams, 3 April 2020

Banks, lobby groups, major legal firms and hedge funds are all striving to get their slice of the largest corporate and financial bailout in history.

House passes Senate “rescue” bill

Democrats unite with Trump to enact massive corporate bailout

By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020

The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.

COVID-19 pandemic spells no truce in US imperialism’s global aggression

By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2020

Far from declaring a humanitarian truce as COVID-19 threatens the lives of millions, Washington has sought to weaponize the death and disruption spread by the disease.

As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020

The capitalist system has proven entirely unable to provide the most basic necessities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic—including ventilators and protective equipment—threatening hundreds of thousands of lives.

Trump continues to spend billions on border wall construction amid coronavirus pandemic

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 24 March 2020

Rather than marshal all available resources to fight the pandemic, huge sums of money are being directed to construct of 150 miles of border wall in Arizona, New Mexico and California.

Exploiting Coronavirus pandemic, Canada’s Trudeau closes border to asylum seekers

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 March 2020

Just days after reiterating that barring “irregular entrants” from seeking asylum would violate Canadian and international law, the Trudeau Liberal government has done just that.

New York, California order locked down in response to COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 21 March 2020

US President Trump closed the border to Mexico as the World Health Organization continued to call for urgent action to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump administration exploits coronavirus to block all asylum seekers from entering US

By Kevin Martinez, 21 March 2020

The blanket rejection of asylum seekers is the latest in a series of steps aimed at abrogating the right to asylum, which is protected by both international and US law.

President Trump and Florida Governor DeSantis declare south Florida a COVID-19 epicenter

By Matthew MacEgan, 21 March 2020

While some Florida counties have been closed to nonessential business, concern grows over unemployment and a large prison population.

California governor orders statewide lockdown as US coronavirus deaths top 200

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020

The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.

London’s Imperial College predicts millions to die from coronavirus pandemic in UK and US

By Bryan Dyne, 18 March 2020

In addition to the mass casualty figures, the study’s authors estimated that the pandemic will continue through August.

Pregnant migrant teenager dies after falling from US border wall in southern Texas

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 March 2020

Estefany Girón Luna from Guatemala fell nearly 20 feet as she attempted to scale the steel mesh border wall near Clint, Texas. Despite multiple surgeries, neither Girón Luna nor her child could be saved.

US threatens military escalation as Iraq confronts COVID-19 and oil price shock

By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2020

Speaking with all the arrogance of a colonial occupier, Secretary of State Pompeo made it clear that Washington has no intention of withdrawing its troops as Iraq has demanded.

As Europe becomes the new epicenter of pandemic

Trump administration official admits coronavirus could kill millions in US

By Benjamin Mateus, 16 March 2020

The World Health Organization has declared Europe the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as more people have died outside China than within it.

World Health Organization pleads for $675 million to fight coronavirus

By Bryan Dyne, 14 March 2020

While the World Health Organization begs for resources to fight the global contagion, the Trump administration has provided $1.5 trillion to prop up the markets.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro signs military pact with Trump

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2020

The meeting of the two fascistic presidents in Florida was dedicated to escalating aggression against Venezuela, even as the US and Brazil remain divided on economic issues.

Trump picks ultra-right congressman Mark Meadows as new chief of staff

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2020

The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.

Trump administration moves forward with unconstitutional DNA testing of immigrants

By Kevin Reed, 7 March 2020

The Trump administration’s plan to collect DNA samples from immigrants in US custody has proceeded while nothing has been done to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus.

Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena

By John Burton, 4 March 2020

The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Trump ordered Assange’s seizure by British police and wanted him dead

By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020

Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.

Federal appeals court backs Trump’s attack on sanctuary cities

By Kevin Reed, 27 February 2020

A federal appeals court overturned previous lower court rulings and upheld the Trump administration’s plan to deny federal funding to sanctuary cities.

Trump hails Modi as his supporters engulf Delhi in communal violence

By Keith Jones, 26 February 2020

It is Trump’s “true friend,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his government that are politically responsible for the Hindu supremacist violence that has claimed at least 13 lives.

As Trump embraces Modi, communal violence convulses India’s capital

By Keith Jones, 25 February 2020

Modi is politically responsible and elements in his BJP directly culpable of instigating communal violence that has killed at least 10 people.

US defense secretary launches simulated nuclear attack against Russia in Pentagon war game

By Andre Damon, 24 February 2020

The war game took place as more than 20,000 troops and 20,000 military vehicles began to arrive in Europe for the massive “Defender 2020” exercise targeting Russia.

Trump to promote anti-China strategic alliance in visit to India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020

Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.

A “ceasefire” in Washington’s Afghanistan debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2020

After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.

Trump pardons ruling class criminals

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2020

The criminal in the White House expunged the lawbreaking records of two billionaires and two political hatchetmen for big business.

Two thousand former US Justice Department officials call for resignation of William Barr

By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2020

The campaign against Trump’s attorney general erupted after he intervened in the prosecution of Trump crony Roger Stone to secure a lighter sentence.

Stop all anti-immigrant raids! Abolish ICE and CBP! For a socialist policy of open borders!

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.

White House orders militarized border patrol unit to carry out raids in “sanctuary cities”

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2020

The new policy was announced as Trump gave a fascistic speech to border patrol agents, pledging to fight the “left.”

Trump administration’s national counterintelligence strategy focuses on “hacktivists, leaktivists and public disclosure organizations”

By Kevin Reed, 15 February 2020

A major assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press is being prepared.

Trump nominee in doubt for Federal Reserve position

By Nick Beams, 15 February 2020

The Shelton nomination has attracted elevated attention because she is viewed as a potential choice by Trump for the position of Fed chair if he wins re-election and decides to oust the current chair Jerome Powell.

US assassinated Suleimani to quash Iran’s talks with Gulf monarchies

By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2020

The murder of the top Iranian general was carried out to shore up Washington’s crumbling Middle East alliances.

Trump’s “Blue Collar Boom”: Myth vs Reality

By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020

The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020

Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2020

Following the Democrats’ failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over “sanctuary” policies

By Erik Schreiber, 13 February 2020

The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump’s campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants’ rights.

Trump removes restrictions on land mine use by US military

By Kevin Reed, 12 February 2020

The move is part of the preparations by the Trump administration for aggressive war and, in particular, plans for military conflict with ground forces against the primary rivals of US imperialism, Russia and China.

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.

On eve of New Hampshire primary

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2020

With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders’ opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a “democratic socialist.”

Trump outlines massive cuts in Medicaid and Medicare in 2021 budget plan

By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020

The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shoots unarmed man in the face in New York City

By Shuvu Batta, 7 February 2020

Eric Diaz-Cruz was shot as he sought to stop his mother’s boyfriend from being detained by ICE early Thursday morning.

Democratic governor gives right-wing response to Trump State of the Union address

By Joseph Lorenz, 7 February 2020

The Democratic Party rebuttal included hypocritical invocations of democracy, demagogic appeals to struggling workers and falsification of the party’s reactionary record.

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

While Trump has emerged victorious over his factional enemies within the state, he heads a crisis-ridden government despised by broad sections of workers and young people.

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020

From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

Trump delivers right-wing tirade against socialism in State of the Union address

By Andre Damon, 5 February 2020

The annual State of the Union address has long been an exercise in delusion and fraud, but Trump’s remarks yesterday raised this ritualistic exercise to new heights.

As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers

Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020

The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2020

The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.

Trump administration announces major attack on Medicaid, capping benefits

By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020

The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.

US bans foreign nationals from entry over coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 1 February 2020

Governments internationally are promulgating travel restrictions with China.

President Trump expands anti-Muslim travel ban to thirteen countries

By Kevin Reed, 1 February 2020

Trump’s war on immigrants is intensifying in the aftermath of the impeachment trial and in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election in November.

US deploys “usable” nuclear weapon amid continuing war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2020

For all the talk of war with Iran having been averted, the reality is that the world remains on the knife’s edge of a catastrophic military confrontation.

John Bolton and the “national security” impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2020

While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

Amid impeachment, Trump signs North American trade deal passed with Democratic support

By Tom Hall, 30 January 2020

The bipartisan support for the USMCA shows that all factions in Washington agree on an intensification of economic conflict with China.

In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton

By Barry Grey, 29 January 2020

An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.

Trump unveils farcical Mideast “peace plan” as Netanyahu is indicted

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2020

Timed to meet the immediate needs of both Trump and Netanyahu, the plan sanctions all of the policies of the Israeli right and is guaranteed to be rejected by the Palestinians.

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2020

The carefully timed leak of Bolton’s White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump’s attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.

Trump rolls back clean water protections

By Daniel de Vries, 28 January 2020

The move will exempt more than half of the nation's wetlands from federal regulations.

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2020

Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.

As Democrats promote anti-Russia hysteria

Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2020

Trump railed against the “far left” in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

“People are going to die because of this”

Trump administration to deny visas to pregnant women

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 25 January 2020

The Trump administration has launched yet another salvo in its ongoing war against immigrants.

Iranian student deported from Boston by Customs and Border Protection despite court order

By Julian James, 25 January 2020

At the time of his deportation, Abadi held a valid F1 student visa recently issued by the United States Customs and Immigration Services to continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.

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.