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

  • Trump's Iran Deal Violation

    Donald Trump recently made the most destructive decision of his presidency. He set it up with an avalanche of lies and then killed the deal that rolled back Iran's nuclear program and prevented them from ever getting a nuclear weapon. Then, he announced his violation of the agreement as if it...

    May 15, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Joe Cirincione at Conference on World Affairs

    Nuclear expert, author, and Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione attended the 70th annual Conference on World Affairs for a series of panels and presentations on nuclear disarmament, international terrorism, and US interventionism, with a special keynote presentation on US nuclear policy....

    April 9, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Block Mike Pompeo, Say No to Nuclear War

    Together, we can prevent a global catastrophe. Sign our petition to block Mike Pompeo, who has been nominated as Secretary of State. Pompeo is a harsh critic of the Iran nuclear agreement, which currently blocks Iran’s pathways to acquiring nuclear weapons, and has called for military strikes...

    April 4, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • North Korea, Bellicose Tweets and Other Nuclear Challenges

    The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists recently set the Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, 2 minutes to the proverbial 'midnight' signifying the end of humanity as we know it. This 30‑second move from last year, sets the clock as close to midnight as it has been since 1953, after the Soviet Union and...

    January 25, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Give Trump New Nukes and We Are That Much Closer to War

    It’s bad enough that President Donald Trump has absolute authority to launch the vast US nuclear arsenal and effectively end the world as we know it. And it’s bad enough that President Trump, ignoring decades of...

    January 23, 2018 - By Tom Collina
  • Iran Deal: Hanging by a Thread

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – commonly known as the Iran nuclear agreement – was finalized in Vienna in July 2015. In what may have been the greatest foreign policy achievement in a generation, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, and...

    January 22, 2018 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Saving the Iran Deal: VoteVets

    What happens if President Trump and Congress demolish the Iran nuclear agreement? Military veterans are worried, especially those who’ve served in recent conflicts. They know what war in the Middle East is like. They know its sounds and smells. They’ve faced combatants, person to person, and...

    December 11, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Rep. Adam Smith Introduces No First Use Bill

    Today, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced legislation to make it the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first. The No First Use ...

    November 15, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEOS: Nuclear Weapons Policy in a Time of Crisis

    Videos, in chronological order, from the conference: 1. Welcoming Comments from Joe Cirincione, President, Ploughshares Fund; Opening Address: Congresswoman Barbara Lee 2. Senator Dianne Feinstein 3. Senator Ed Markey 4. Congressman Ted Lieu 5. Congressman Adam Smith 6. Future of the Iran Deal 7...

    November 3, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Costs of US Nuclear Arsenal Skyrocketing

    The Congressional Budget Office, CBO, recently released a new report estimating that the Trump administration’s plans to maintain and replace the US nuclear arsenal over 30 years would cost $1.2 trillion in constant dollars....

    November 1, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund