Trump signs executive order allowing sanctions for US election meddling in bid to protect midterms

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On Wednesday, PresidentĀ Donald Trump signed an executive order that would automatically impose sanctions against any person or group attempting to interfere in United States Mid Term elections.

The order covers attacks not just on vote integrity and election infrastructure, but also disinformation campaigns, information leaking, propaganda, and other types of interference like those that took place during the 2016 presidential campaign. There were a lot of criticism on Trump’s administration in regards to Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Under the order, the Director of National Intelligence would assess any possible foreign meddling within 45 days of a US election. Then the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security would have another 45 days to formulate a proposal to enact sanctions and deliver it to the President, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, and Secretary of Defense.