President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday authorizing sanctions against countries that interfere in U.S. elections.
The order addresses both election interference and propaganda and instructs the Director of National Intelligence and other agencies to conduct an assessment on potential foreign interference within 45 days of an election.
The order states, “The assessment shall identify, to the maximum extent ascertainable, the nature of any foreign interference and any methods employed to execute it, the persons involved, and the foreign government or governments that authorized, directed, sponsored, or supported it. The Director of National Intelligence shall deliver this assessment and appropriate supporting information to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security.”
I fully support @POTUS’ executive order to impose stronger sanctions on those who meddle in our elections. Complacency will be replaced w consequences. Fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy & securing our election infrastructure is a top priority for the Federal gov
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) September 12, 2018
The order also instructs the Attorney General and the Homeland Security Secretary to issue a report of the findings to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of Defense.
It’s more than Russia here that we’re looking at…
After those reports, according to Fox News, “the Treasury and State Departments would decide on the appropriate sanctions to impose on the potential actors or countries. The order, according to administration officials, is broad in terms of who and what can be sanctioned.”
While Russia has been at the center of U.S. election meddling, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats stressed that many different “sources” have targeted American elections.
“It’s more than Russia here that we’re looking at,” he said. “We have seen signs of not just Russia, but from China, and the capabilities potentially from Iran and even North Korea.”