Trump authorises sanctions for foreign election meddling

Trump authorises sanctions for foreign election meddling

Trump authorises sanctions for foreign election meddling

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

Bolton said criticism that Trump had been too deferential to Russia or blinkered in his view of Russian election interference played "zero" role in the new action. "The President has said repeatedly he is determined there not be foreign interference (in USA elections)".

"I think his actions speak for themselves", he said.

A recurring criticism of former President Barack Obama is that he should have done more to try to stop Russian Federation from meddling in the 2016 presidential election in the U.S.

"The president has said repeatedly that he is determined that there not be foreign interference in our political process", Bolton said on a conference call.

The White House imposed a number of new sanctions against Russia in March for election interference, and the Justice Department filed indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers in July.

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

"President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of this issue, that it's something that he cares deeply about", national security adviser John Bolton said on a call with reporters. This is because, he explained, threats to the integrity of the election process come from a number of sources.

Acting on that law, the U.S. Treasury imposed major sanctions against 24 Russians, striking at allies of Putin in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow.

The executive order applies to anyone who authorizes, directs or sponsors such meddling. "Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply can not be counted upon to stand up to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin when it matters", said Warner, who is sponsoring the bill.

"An executive order that inevitably leaves the president broad discretion to decide whether to impose tough sanctions against those who attack our democracy is insufficient", Mark Warner, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.

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In the past year Mueller's team has filed charges against 12 hackers of the Russian GRU intelligence agency, and 13 people, including a top Putin crony, linked to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which United States intelligence says is a major source of online disinformation. "We have seen signs. capabilities from Iran and even North Korea".

Bolton had previously warned that there were signs of election meddling from China, North Korea, and Iran, though he offered no specific evidence.

The White House declined to comment.

'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 outgoing administration of Barack Obama hit Moscow with sanctions and expelled a large number of alleged Russian spies in retaliation.

Trump has been dogged by accusations that he has not given enough credence to foreign interference in the USA election system, including in the 2016 race he won against Hillary Clinton.

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