Election Meddlers Could Be Sanctioned
New presidential executive order creates the framework
On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that creates a framework for the imposition of sanctions on foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections.
In a conference call, National Security Adviser John Bolton said, “This is intended to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process.”
U.S. intelligence agencies have expressed concern that Russia is seeking to influence the 2018 midterm elections.
The sanctions could be imposed upon foreign nations, organizations, and individuals who wish to influence U.S. elections without the approval of Congress. The order would allow for the freezing of assets, and for limiting foreign access to U.S. financial institutions.
“It is not limited to election infrastructure, it relates to much broader efforts at propaganda and other ways that can interfere with the political process,” Bolton said.
- That America’s elections administrators might find and quell the intentions of foreign nations or groups before their impact could be made.
That Americans would prepare themselves with knowledge and information and then vote in the midterm elections in November.