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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 1:20 pm

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

DEB RIECHMANN | Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is signing an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections.

Trump has drawn widespread criticism for not taking threats to the U.S. electoral system seriously enough, particularly Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

National Security Adviser John Bolton and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told reporters Wednesday the executive order is evidence the president is making election security a priority.

Bolton said the executive order will work to stem disinformation campaigns or any attempt to manipulate the outcome of ballots.

Coats said the U.S. is not currently seeing the intensity of Russian intervention that was experienced in 2016, but didn't rule it out. He said the U.S. is also worried about the cyber activities of China, North Korea and Iran.