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Trump order threatens sanctions for interference in U.S

Trump order threatens sanctions for interference in U.S

It would also target senior Russian political figure and oligarchs close to Putin, barring them from the United States and freezing their assets.

The order will direct the intelligence community to assess if any foreign individual, entity or country has interfered in a US election, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters at a conference call held at Wednesday noon.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to combat foreign interference, Bolton said, and the United States has already sanctioned Russian individuals and entities.

By the summer of 2016, Russian Federation was engaged in a campaign of cyberattacks against America in an effort to sway the election in Trump's favor, USA intel agencies have concluded. Russian Federation denies meddling and Trump has dismissed the probe as a "witch hunt". Lawmakers said the executive order, which would give the president decision-making power on imposing sanctions, was insufficient.

"Today's announcement by the administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it", Van Hollen and Rubio said. Automatic sanctionsThe order represents an effort by the administration to look tough on election security before the voting in November, which will determine whether Trump's Republicans maintain their majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

There is some frustration among lawmakers that Mr Trump's executive order could undercut congressional efforts to deter any election meddling in the U.S. by foreign powers, according to CBS News.

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"I think his actions speak for themselves", he said. The order would direct intelligence agencies to assess whether any people or entities interfered.

The order declares a national emergency, Bolton said, and requires DNI to make regular assessments of activities targeting the U.S. electoral process, reporting findings to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. In making that assessment, the DNI will consult with all of the US' multifarious intelligence agencies.




The State and Treasury departments will then be the ones to decide on the appropriate sanctions to recommend and impose, Bolton said.

"I don't know that it will be a complete solution", he said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told reporters on a call organized by the White House that the ongoing threat is 'only a keyboard click away'.

Coats told reporters Wednesday the intelligence community has seen "signs" of interference attempts from China, Iran and North Korea.

"If we see something has happened, there will be an automatic response to that", he said.

The president appeared to side with Mr. Putin and against USA intelligence agencies that said the Kremlin meddled in 2016 to sow division, hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and help Mr. Trump. Some bills would take the president out of the process for automatic sanctions and include more penalties on Russian Federation.

Trump signed the order just two months before the midterms.

A wide variety of additional sanctions could be imposed under certain conditions.


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