Trump orders use of sanctions to punish election interference

Trump orders use of sanctions to punish election interference

Trump orders use of sanctions to punish election interference

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough.

One source, a USA official, said the order would slap sanctions on any attempt to interfere in national elections.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, "We have seen signsnot just Russian Federation, but from China, from - capabilities potentially from Iran and even North Korea".

After the reports are complete, the Treasury and State Departments would decide on appropriate sanctions to impose on the potential actors or countries. Check back for updates.

With under two months until the first national U.S. elections since 2016, the Trump administration is outlining how it would respond to the kind of election meddling senior intelligence officials say could be coming. The intelligence agencies will then send their findings to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, which will have another 45 days to decide whether the US should impose sanctions on the foreign entities in question.

'This clearly is a process put in place to try to assure that we are doing every possible thing we can to first of all prevent any interference in our election, ' said Coats.

"Today's announcement by the administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it", said Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen in a joint statement, advocating legislation. Bolton noted that the scope of the order included not just attacks on election infrastructure but also "the distribution of propaganda" meant to impact the electoral process.

Lawmakers and independent analysts say that federal and state action has already made US voting systems more secure against foreign hackers.

Most American intelligence agencies have determined Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 presidential contest in Trump's favor, and top officials have warned foreign actors continue to work toward affecting the outcomes of future U.S. contests.

"Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply can not be counted upon to stand up to Putin when it matters", Warner said. He has cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the U.S. Russian Federation denies meddling and Trump has dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt". Rogers said when he used to talk to Trump about the issue, Trump would often respond to him, saying "Mike, you know, I'm in a different place".

"I thought there was an opportunity there that I wish we would have taken advantage of", the retired rear admiral told a think tank in Virginia. "It's about a foreign state that is attempting to subvert the very tenets of our structure". That should concern us leaders. Russian entities have not targeted those systems to the degree they did in 2016, Coats said Wednesday.

At a July 16 news conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again.

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