Trump authorizes sanctions against anyone interfering with elections

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing sanctions on foreign companies, organizations or individuals the government determines to have interfered in U.S. elections.

The order is the latest effort by the Trump administration to address fears that Russia is looking to meddle in the November midterm elections, much like it did during the 2016 presidential race. “This clearly is a process put in place to try and ensure we are doing every possible thing we can to prevent any interference in our election,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters.

Wednesday’s order is designed to address those concerns by showing the president and his team are taking the threat seriously.
The measure orders the director of national intelligence to investigate whether election meddling took place and who was responsible. After a 45-day review period, an assessment will be passed to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, which will have an additional 45 days to determine if punishments are warranted.

Possible sanctions include freezing any U.S. assets of individuals or groups found to have interfered in the election, cutting off their access to the American financial system and banning them from entering the country.

Trump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in US elections
 

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Some more context to this story from the WP

Trump issued a new order Wednesday authorizing additional sanctions against countries or individuals for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections, but lawmakers of both parties immediately said the effort does not go far enough. The order would allow Trump to sanction foreigners who interfere in the midterm elections to be held in less than two months. It covers overt efforts to meddle in election infrastructure, such as vote counts, as well as “propaganda” and other attempts to influence voting from abroad, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told reporters.

The harshest sanctions outlined in the order would be up to the president’s discretion.


As The Washington Post first reported in August, the order appears to be an effort to stave off bipartisan legislation that would mandate tough federal action.

From the WP link in August


A bipartisan group of senators has unveiled a comprehensive package of Russia sanctions and measures to counter cybercrime, the latest attempt to push congressional leaders to intensify punitive measures against would-be election hackers ahead of November.

Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Robert J. Menendez (D-N.J.), whose bill is co-sponsored and includes contributions from Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), announced their plans for the legislation last month after President Trump’s widely criticized showing at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


The bill’s backers face an uphill battle convincing congressional leaders that the moment is ripe for additional sanctions, or any other measures, to counter interference campaigns. Republican lawmakers — including some of those sponsoring this legislation — have been reluctant to commit any more funds to election security in advance of the midterms. And while the Senate’s Foreign Relations and Banking committees have promised to hold hearings on Russian interference and related matters, there are no guarantees that any legislation will emerge, much less make it to a floor vote, in the limited calendar that remains before November.

The sanctions in the proposed package are, as Graham put it, “the most hard-hitting ever imposed” against Russia and other foreign adversaries. They are focused not only on election security, but also on enhancing scrutiny of various Russian money-laundering efforts, containing Russia’s influence internationally, and arming government agencies with better tools to identify and prosecute cybercriminals.

So basically this is just a band-aid left up mostly to Trump instead of a comprehensive bill that would make sure that the sanctions stick - regardless of Trump agreed with them or not.

Par for the course. Smackdown our allies but do little to nothing to the country that interfered with our election process.
 
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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday allowing sanctions on foreign companies, organizations or individuals the government determines to have interfered in U.S. elections.

The order is the latest effort by the Trump administration to address fears that Russia is looking to meddle in the November midterm elections, much like it did during the 2016 presidential race. “This clearly is a process put in place to try and ensure we are doing every possible thing we can to prevent any interference in our election,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters.

Wednesday’s order is designed to address those concerns by showing the president and his team are taking the threat seriously.
The measure orders the director of national intelligence to investigate whether election meddling took place and who was responsible. After a 45-day review period, an assessment will be passed to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, which will have an additional 45 days to determine if punishments are warranted.

Possible sanctions include freezing any U.S. assets of individuals or groups found to have interfered in the election, cutting off their access to the American financial system and banning them from entering the country.

Trump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in US elections

Sounds more like a nothing burger to make him look good with a wink to Putin.
 
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