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Trump signs order permitting sanctions for foreign election meddling

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to help protect USA elections from foreign interference by imposing sanctions on countries and other actors who seek to meddle, US officials said. The order, not yet released, is meant as a deterrent against interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Acting on that law, the U.S. Treasury imposed major sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of Putin in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow. He said the U.S.is also anxious about the cyber activities of China, North Korea and Iran.

"President Trump is committed to protecting our nation's elections from foreign interference and has made it clear that his administration will not tolerate foreign interference in our elections from any nation state or other malicious actor", the White House National Security Council Spokesman Garrett Marquis said.

'That It's something he cares deeply about that the integrity of our elections and our constitutional process are a high priority to him, ' Bolton said. That's according to sources, who exclusively told Reuters an executive order could be signed by President Donald Trump as early as Wednesday (September 12).

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Bolton said that the executive order, entitled "Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election", would "protect the USA against interference in our elections and the political process more broadly". So the others, do incorporate - it's more than Russian Federation here that we're looking at'.

The threatened sanctions are notable because they aim not just at foreign companies and individuals seeking to disrupt U.S. electoral infrastructure - electoral databases, vote tabulation processes and the like - but also of propaganda campaigns and leaks of sensitive political information. He said the order also directs intelligence officials to conduct an assessment after elections to inform the public about what might have occurred.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to combat foreign interference, Bolton said, and the United States has already sanctioned Russian individuals and entities. Sanctions authorized in the executive order include blocking of assets, transfer of property, USA investment in sanctioned companies, and restriction of travel.

CBS News confirmed Tuesday that the White House was preparing the executive order. The Deter Act, proposed in January by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Marco Rubio (R-Florida), would mandate broad economic sanctions against Russian companies and require the White House to identify other countries that had been involved in electoral interference and provide proposed sanctions within 90 days.



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