Trump era

Donald Trump is breaking tradition at almost every turn, which may be one reason he was the most unpopular incoming president in history. As former Vice President Joe Biden told The New York Times shortly before Trump took office, when it comes to foreign policy, "We have no freakin' idea what he's gonna do."

We do, however, know what we will do.

We will do everything we can to push for saner nuclear policies during the Trump administration. Donald Trump’s loose talk about nuclear expansion has only energized us to double down and work harder than ever before to protect everyone’s right to a future safe from nuclear dangers. We will continue to work on policies that are best for our nation, from taking nuclear weapons off high alert and requiring to congressional approval before any president can launch them in a first strike, to preserving the Iran deal, preventing an escalation with North Korea and stopping a new global arms race to rebuild nuclear weapons from taking off.

For the last 35 years we’ve sought out and funded the best initiatives and individuals – including nuclear scientists, policy experts, grassroots activists, creative innovators and many more – working to make sure nuclear weapons are never used again. Now, more than ever, please consider making a small monthly gift.

Today, as the largest public foundation in the United States dedicated exclusively to the elimination of nuclear weapons, we act at the hub of the best and brightest to push for saner nuclear policies and reductions in arsenals worldwide.

Latest News and Analysis on Nuclear Weapons in the Trump Era

  • Nearly 500,000 to Congress: Take Trump’s Finger Off the Nuclear Button

    On Wednesday May 3, at a press conference on Capitol Hill, members of Congress accepted nearly 500,000 petition signatures collected by global security organizations, anti-nuclear weapons advocates, and progressive advocacy organizations in support of legislation that would limit President...

    May 4, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • North Korea: On the Verge?

    We are extremely alarmed by reports that North Korea is preparing for another nuclear test. We have now reached a new stage of crisis on the Korean Peninsula. To prepare and respond to the growing emergency, Ploughshares Fund has activated a network of partners and grantees to do everything we...

    April 14, 2017 - By Philip Yun
  • Philip Yun on Stopping a North Korea Catastrophe
    April 13, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • How Donald Trump Could Blow Up the World All by Himself

    President Donald Trump alone controls the US nuclear arsenal. He alone decides whether to use one or one thousand nuclear weapons. He does not have to check with anyone, not even Steve Bannon.

    March 29, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Lessons Learned: Paul Olum Grant
    Last month our government handed over not only executive authority; it also lost eight years of institutional knowledge on nuclear security. It is critical to ensure nuclear policy expertise and the many lessons learned from the Obama Administration are not forgotten. 
    March 3, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Why Donald Trump's Plan to Be Leader of the Nuclear Pack is Nuts

    In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Donald Trump boasted “if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.” He then blasted the “one-sided” New START treaty with Russia that...

    February 27, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Watch: Joe Cirincione on Trump’s Latest Nuclear Comments

    Last week, during an interview with Reuters, President Trump said, It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”  In response, Ploughshares Fund President Joe...

    February 25, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Tell Congress, Stop Trump From Starting Nuclear War

    Many would say that Donald Trump should be the last person authorized to launch US nuclear weapons. In fact, he is the only person that is.  As shocking as it sounds, President Trump alone has the power to launch thousands of nuclear weapons — enough to end life on Earth as we...

    February 14, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Ploughshares Fund Request for Proposals

    On January 20, a new US president took office in Washington, DC. In the coming months the United States will face urgent challenges related to proliferation, arsenal modernization, and heightened nuclear risk, yet the new administration’s priorities on nuclear security remain largely unknown....

    January 26, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
  • The Trump Era Begins

    This will be an inauguration like no other. Donald Trump is breaking tradition at almost every turn, which may be one reason he is the most unpopular incoming president in history. As Vice President Joe Biden recently told The New York Times, when it comes to national security and...

    January 19, 2017 - By Joe Cirincione