Trump authorizes new sanctions against foreigners who meddle in United States elections

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Reuters first reported the existence of the draft executive order.

Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen, who have proposed legislation to attack foreign election interference, said Wednesday that Trump's action was too restrained.

Trump has repeatedly said he wants to combat foreign interference, Bolton said, and the United States has already sanctioned Russian individuals and entities. I think Department of Energy has made a clear statement of what his function there is, ' he said when asked by DailyMail.com about the high-level visit, the first since Trump's Helsinki Summit.

Coats and other United States intelligence chiefs have said since the beginning of 2017 that Russian President Vladimir Putin presided over a concerted effort via hacking and social media manipulation to boost Trump's chances in 2016 to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

While Coates said that "we have not seen the intensity of activity from 2016", the intelligence community has seen signs that there are efforts underway by a number of actors to manipulate the political process this year. Lawmakers said the executive order, which would give the president decision-making power on imposing sanctions, was insufficient.

But, unlike a bipartisan bill now making its way through Congress, the order does not require Trump to issue stiff sanctions on such meddlers. Instead, he delivered a rambling response, including demands for investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server and his description of Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of meddling. He cast the White House action as a way to strengthen USA defenses immediately.

"We felt it was important to demonstrate the president had taken command of this issue, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday".

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Bolton said the order is not focused on any particular country, because threats to elections come from many different countries and entities.

"Today's announcement by the Administration recognizes the threat, but does not go far enough to address it", they argued. The State Department and Treasury could decide to take additional measures. "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.

"Unfortunately, President Trump demonstrated in Helsinki and elsewhere that he simply can not be counted upon to stand up to Putin when it matters", Warner said.

Sources told CBS News Tuesday the executive order does not mention Russian Federation by name.

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. USA intelligence agencies now believe that Russian Federation would again try to interfere the mid-term polls this year and also the 2020 presidential elections. Coats also highlighted potential meddling from China, Iran and North Korea.

"We will combine that effort throughout the agency, and look to assess what has happened", he said adding that the executive order directs them to complete this in 40 days.

He said the intelligence community has been working on this for a while, but the executive order puts into place a formal process to ensure the administration is doing everything it possibly can to prevent foreign interference. "The United States can and must do more", they said in a statement.

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