Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Files Sanctions Order To Fight Election Interference

Trump Files Sanctions Order To Fight Election Interference

The executive order "recognises the threat, but does not go far enough to address it".

Coats also declined to say whether he has yet received a full briefing of what Trump and Putin discussed in their one-on-one meeting, after telling reporters at the White House last month he was not in a position to "fully understand" what happened there.

Sanctions will be calibrated based on the seriousness of the interference, Bolton said.

National security adviser John Bolton said a new White House order on election security isn't aimed at any particular country.

Rather than issuing a weak executive order two years after these attacks, President Trump should have responded swiftly and strongly, they said.

Bolton said the order was necessary to ensure a formal process and authorisation for sanctions, but he said he was in talks with lawmakers about legislation as well.

At their summit in Helsinki, Trump downplayed US intelligence assessments that Russian Federation was responsible for cyberattacks on Democrats ahead of the 2016 election.

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue-that it's something he cares deeply about".

Bolton said the order is not focused on any particular country, because threats to elections come from many different countries and entities. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., would mandate tough sanctions on major sectors of the Russian economy, including finance, energy, and defense companies. The State Department and Treasury could decide to take additional measures.

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But, they added, "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". "So if the White House doesn't like something for some reason or wants to drag its feet or there's not enough information from the available intelligence, the automatic nature of this might not be as automatic as the executive order suggests", he said.

"Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply can not be counted upon to stand up to Putin when it matters", Warner said. The order, according to administration officials, is broad in terms of who and what can be sanctioned.

Some lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction with the new executive order. Those departments would then determine whether to move ahead with sanctions.

"We have not seen the intensity of what happened in 2016, but as I have said ... it is only a keyboard click away", Mr. Coats said.

"We have seen signs of not just Russian Federation, but from China, of capabilities, potentially from Iran and even North Korea".

'This clearly is a process put in place to try to assure that we are doing every possible thing we can to first of all prevent any interference in our election, ' said Coats. "The United States can and must do more".

"Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren't they the subject of the investigation?"

At the same time, outside experts have warned for more than a year that Russian efforts to manipulate USA voters through misleading social media postings are likely to have grown more sophisticated and harder to detect. When asked how much the Helsinki press conference played into the administration's decision to create this executive order, Bolton gave a definitive "zero" in response and added that the President's actions on election integrity "speak for themselves".

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