Trump signs new executive order imposing sanctions on foreign meddlers in US elections

US President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on September 12, 2018 imposing sanctions on any country or foreign individual found trying to interfere in the US elections.

Speaking on the occasion, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton said that the move is intended to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process. He said the order describes a process whereby the Departments of State and Treasury will decide on appropriate sanctions to recommend and to impose on the countries or other actors that have engaged in this interference.

Key Highlights:-

1. The order calls for sanctions against any entity that authorises, directs or sponsors meddling operations in the American elections.
2. The sanctions not only cover the interference with the election or campaign infrastructure but also the distribution of propaganda and disinformation.
3. It will work to stem disinformation campaigns or any attempt to manipulate the outcome of ballots.
4. It instructs the US intelligence community to monitor and report on attempts to disrupt election infrastructure as well as propaganda.
5. It also imposes bans or restrictions on those suspected of carrying out the interference.

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