Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Donald Trump approves sanctions for foreign meddling in United States election

Putin denies Russia interfered in US elections Trump to issue order allowing sanctions on foreigners meddling in U.S. elections
Kenny Thornton | 16 September, 2018, 06:58

Congress is also considering several pieces of legislation that would punish foreign countries for interfering in US elections.

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president had taken command of this issue, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday".

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.

He said the intelligence community has been working on this for a while, but the executive order puts into place a formal process to ensure the administration is doing everything it possibly can to prevent foreign interference.

"We have not seen the intensity of what happened in 2016, but it's only a keyboard click away".

Even if Congress fails to act, the national security adviser said there should be "full waiver authorities" for the president because the challenges and threats posed to the US occur in a "broader world that is very complex". The order described by a USA official familiar with its drafting as "another tool in the tool kit" to deter election interference by foreign adversaries, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The intelligence agencies have already detected possible "attempts" to interfere with - or intervene in - the November elections by four specific countries.

The US President has signed an order that allows the government to impose sanctions on any person or country that interferes with US elections.

. Acting on the law, the Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of Putin.

"We must make sure Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, or any other foreign actor, understands that we will respond decisively and impose punishing consequences against those who interfere in our democracy", they said.

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Dan Coats, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said that the intelligence community had not yet spotted activity on a scale of that seen before the 2016 election, but warned that escalation was only a "keyboard click" away.

United States intelligence chiefs declared in January 2017 that Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over a concerted effort via hacking and social media manipulation to boost Trump's chances in 2016 to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The new executive order gives USA intelligence agencies 45 days after an election to report any efforts to meddle with the outcome.

Any individual, entity or country which authorises, directs, sponsors or supports interference could be hit with economic penalties under the USA president's new order. And evidence would not be forthcoming in the event that the White House considers sanctions under this order-the first word of any assessment would come with the sanctions themselves, Bolton told reporters. The intelligence officials saying that they have also seen interference activity out of China, Iran, and North Korea.

And while some of the proposed legislation focuses on Russian Federation, the officials said it was important to take a broader view.

"Today's announcement by the administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it", they wrote in a joint statement.

"I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation".

The sanctions would block USA financial activities by those implicated in the election interference and those individuals would be prohibited from entering this country.

White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian individuals and three companies for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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