Trump signs new order to sanction countries that meddle in U.S

Lester Mason
September 14, 2018

President Trump signed an executive order early Wednesday to deter meddling into USA election by foreign entities ahead of the 2018 mid-terms and the 2020 presidential election.

The executive order could blunt momentum in Congress for legislation that would impose harsher and more direct penalties on Russian Federation for any future election meddling. "They are committed to undermining our system", Clapper said.

Mr Trump has been criticised for his response to alleged Russian meddling.

Trump claimed in the written statement that is "implementing the strongest measures to date of any United States President to protect our electoral system".

They said Trump's order recognizes the threat, but doesn't go far enough. The United States can and must do more. The two lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require such mandatory sanctions earlier this year.

US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Wednesday that the government is now treating the 2016 incident as a "warning signal" for the 2018 and 2020 elections.

It also gets in front of legislation in the House and Senate that targets election hacks.

Under the new order, titled "Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election", the intelligence community will have 45 days after each election to assess whether any foreign actors meddled. But the executive branch, including the President, will have the final say in whether sanctions will be applies. That report will then be turned over to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the Department of Homeland Security.


New restrictions in the event of a future influence campaign might not mean much to Russian Federation; several of its intelligence bosses, intelligence officers and others already are subject to USA sanctions.

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.

The executive action came less than two months before the November 6 midterm elections, and two years after US authorities say Russian Federation meddled in the presidential race won by Trump. Trump stunned the world by accepting Putin's denials over the word of his own intelligence agencies.

Lawmakers have accused the administration of shirking its responsibility to protect U.S. elections and have been preparing measures to force Trump's hand.

Congressional pressure for tougher federal defenses against foreign election interference grew following Trump's July 16 summit and news conference with Putin, when Trump avoided publicly confronting the Russian leader about Moscow's efforts to influence the election. "So their idea was, 'Well, if we can get Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to sign on to a bipartisan statement, that might cushion the White House from any attacks made by Trump that Obama was trying to tilt the election in favor of Hillary Clinton'".

"Zero", he said when asked what role the backlash played.

"By mandating the imposition of sanctions against any individual or entity that seeks to interfere in our elections, we are sending a clear signal that the USA government will not tolerate interference of any kind and will use every tool at our disposal to protect our democratic process", she said.

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