Trump signs order to impose sanctions for U.S. election meddling

Trump signs order to impose sanctions for U.S. election meddling

One source, a US official, said the order would slap sanctions on any attempt to interfere in national elections. The order would direct intelligence agencies to assess whether any people or entities interfered.

Rogers also talked about his decision not to sign the letter from hundreds of former national security officials protesting Trump's decision to take away former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.

Justice and Homeland Security would have 45 days to make a determination and notify the president to trigger the sanctions.

To view the full article, register now. Those departments would then determine whether to move ahead with sanctions.

"They, within another 45 days, will assess the validity and the impact of the intelligence".

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to try to weaken and divide the United States", he said.

It also gets in front of legislation in the House and Senate that targets election hacks. He said that signs of Russian interference were visible, though not on the scale of the 2016 presidential election.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday that now, Trump had "acted decisively" on the issue. Punishments could include blocking transactions, limiting license exports, limiting access to USA financial institutions and barring US citizens from investing in companies from violating countries. Rather, it is meant to be a preemptive announcement of the planned USA retaliation for any cyberattacks or other interference in the November vote. "These are sensitive, sometimes very unsafe operations, and we have to operate with respect to sources and methods", he said. "We each possess information the other does not have, and the combined information is more powerful in combating these threats".

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The order comes as intelligence agencies, the military and law enforcement prepare to defend the November congressional elections from foreign attacks.

"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 U.S. government will not tolerate interference of any kind and will use every tool at our disposal to protect our democratic process", she said. It also describes a process for the Treasury and State departments to recommend appropriate, automatic sanctions. If the United States determines that any foreign meddling has occurred, the executive order ensures a quick, forceful, and proportionate response, he said.

"But we are willing to speak with other members of Congress who have similar ideas", he added.

"You never know how long legislation will take", he said.

In a statement the Democratic National Committee said Trump's order "does nothing to hold Russian Federation accountable" for 2016.

Rogers, who spoke Tuesday night at the Hayden Center at George Mason University in Virginia, also said earlier media reports claiming Trump had asked him to publicly deny any collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign were inaccurate. Coats asserted that the administration had always been working on the issue of election security. "We have several that we are tracking", he explained, "and have seen signs, from not just Russian Federation, but China, Iran, and North Korea". "It's more than Russian Federation here that we're looking at", Coats said.

Coats said the new executive order is a response to Russia's actions in the 2016 election and "to make sure that doesn't happen again".

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