Trump signs an executive order on sanctions for election meddling
For the introduction of sanctions, the evidence provided by the special services will be enough
US President Donald Trump plans to sign a decree on September 12 allowing the application of sanctions against any foreign legal entities and individuals who have been seen interfering in elections in the United States. This was reported to Reuters by two familiar sources with the situation. For the introduction of sanctions, the evidence provided by the special services will be enough, the sources say..
The White House declined to comment on this.
According to one source, “the administration is interested in setting new norms in cyberspace.
“This is the first step in setting certain boundaries, an open warning about what our response will be to ” bad behavior, ” said a White House official.
The document will list the departments responsible for identifying the facts of interference in the election process. These include the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security..
A draft of the order, which came into the possession of a Reuters source, suggests that any federal agency that becomes aware of foreign interference in the elections will have to report this information to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Interference is defined in the document as an attempt to hack the “electoral infrastructure”, or an attempt to change public opinion through propaganda on the Internet or systematic “leaks” of classified political information.
The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have already reported on the existence of a draft order for the president to sign. The White House deliberately did not involve the US Congress in the preparation of the order, sources say. According to one of them, the presidential administration wants to “get ahead of the House of Representatives and the Senate, which are preparing similar measures.”.
The US Congress in 2017 passed a bill on sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump signed the law only after congressmen approved it by an overwhelming majority. Thanks to this law, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against 24 Russian citizens who are members of the inner circle of President Vladimir Putin..
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