Trump order threatens sanctions for interference in U.S

President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday Sept. 11 2018

President Donald Trump talks about Hurricane Florence following a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday Sept. 11 2018

Interfering with election systems of pushing out propaganda and disinformation "constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States", he said.

The order was described by a US official familiar with its drafting as "another tool in the tool kit" to deter election interference by foreign adversaries.

It directs the USA intelligence community to determine if there has been any individual, company, or country that has interfered in a US election. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional panels are investigating Russian interference, which Moscow denies.

In the discussion on Tuesday evening, Rogers also recounted his conversations with Trump about Russia's continued attempts to disrupt the United States electoral system through cyber means in 2016 and beyond.

Trump has shifted his stance on whether he agrees with a unanimous late-2016 conclusion by all 16 American spy agencies that Russian Federation meddled in that campaign. Bolton said criticism of the president's response to the issue, which has included his controversial comments in Helsinki and numerous tweets, played "zero" role in driving the issuance of the executive order.

In his announcement, indeed, Trump again rejected the idea that his 2016 victory was aided by foreign interference.

"I would veto that bill in order to protect presidential power".

Specifically, the executive order authorises appropriate and meaningful sanctions - some are full blocking sanctions, others are to be designed and calibrated in light of specific facts - against any individual, foreign entity, or country that authorises, directs, sponsors, or otherwise supports foreign interference in a U.S. election, he said.

Mr. Trump later said he misspoke and vouched for intelligence agencies' findings. Those departments would then determine whether to move ahead with sanctions. It also describes a process for the Treasury and State departments to recommend appropriate, automatic sanctions. Bolton said the order was necessary to ensure a formal process and authorisation for sanctions. Those backing the legislation say that under the bill, a nation would know exactly what it would face if caught.

Even if Congress fails to act, the national security adviser said there should be "full waiver authorities" for the president because the challenges and threats posed to the US occur in a "broader world that is very complex".

Administration officials said the executive order sets up a framework for assessing interference, reporting it to the president and punishing it with sanctions. It would then turn over a report to officials in the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, who would then make their own determination.

Coats listed Iran, North Korea and China as other countries that have the capability to launch attacks on elections. "That means providing states with the funds they need, and pressing Republicans in Congress to pass legislation - like the Election Security Act - that makes meaningful improvements to our election infrastructure", the three Democrats said.

Congress passed a financial sanctions bill against the Kremlin over a year ago and since January 2017, over 200 individuals and companies with connections to Russian Federation have been subjected to its penalties.

The move appears created to be a shot across the bows of hostile countries, warning them off attempting to influence the midterm elections which are now just eight weeks away.

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