Links to today’s show transcripts:
Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration Is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People
Seventy-five days ago today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump has expanded U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, while resuming arms sales to Bahrain. At the United Nations, the Trump administration led a boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons, while pushing for the United States to expand its own nuclear arsenal. Trump picked climate deniers to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department, while slashing the EPA’s programs to combat climate change. He’s also attempted unsuccessfully to ban refugees and people from majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S., and to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. For more on President Trump’s first 75 days, world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky spoke with Amy Goodman. His new book, out today, is titled Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.
Chomsky: Our Privatized U.S. Healthcare Program is an “International Scandal”
Trump threw his weight behind the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But he failed to muster enough support to pass the Republican plan, which would have stripped up to 24 million people of health insurance while giving the rich a massive tax break.
Chomsky: With U.S. History of Overthrowing Govts, Outrage over Russian Hacking Claims is Laughable
Since Trump’s inauguration, his presidency has been engulfed by a media scandal and investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election. But is the Democratic Party’s obsession with this question distracting the public from the Trump administration’s actions? And, given the United States’ long history of influencing other countries’ elections and overthrowing democratically elected leaders, is the outrage over Russia’s alleged interference laughable? That’s the opinion of Noam Chomsky.
Extraordinarily Dangerous: Chomsky on How Trump’s Threats Toward N. Korea Could Backfire
President Trump will be meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday at his Florida resort Mar-a-Lago. Ahead of the meeting, Trump said in an interview with the Financial Times he would be willing to take unilateral action against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Trump said, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.” His warnings come after the U.S. and the South Korean militaries staged weeks-long training drills throughout March, while North Korea launched rocket engine and missile tests.
Chomsky: It’s as if Trump Administration Is Flaunting That U.S. Is Run by Goldman Sachs
Naomi Klein has called the Trump administration a “corporate coup.” The Washington Post reports, “86 percent of Trump counties make less in a year than 27 Trump staffers are worth.”