According to reports, President Trump intends to sign an executive order later this week which will order sanctions on all foreign companies or individuals who are judged by the intelligence community to have interfered in the US midterm elections.
Indications are that this doesn’t actually include anybody as of yet. Rather, it is intended to be a preemptive announcement of the planned US retaliation for any cyberattacks or other interference in the November vote.
The order will empower the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the CIA, the NSA, and the Department of Homeland Security to make decisions on if election meddling happened.
“Interference” is going to be very broadly defined, including not just attacks on election infrastructure, but also things like attempts to sway public opinion or leaking political information which might have an effect on voters’ decisions.
Exactly how much evidence will be needed isn’t clear, which is likely to be a big problem with this new order. US officials have been eager to blame politically convenient targets for meddling in the past without concrete proof, and the intelligence community has historically seemed eager to sign off on those claims.
7 thoughts on “Trump Will Sanction Anyone Who the Intel Communities Say Meddled in US Elections”
So is he going to put sanctions on members of Goldman Sachs, the DNC and Israel? I think we all know the answer to that.
Add Kris Kobach to the list.
Here’s just one answer: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/israel-us-elections-intervention-russia-noam-chomsky-donald-trump-a8470481.html
Please let this include Israel.
Everyone in the world, including Russians, have an innate right to try to sway opinions, whether written or spoken. The first amendment recognizes that this right is owned by every human, not just americans. “Congress shall pass no law…”
Israel should be on top of the list.
What a splendid idea! Provided that the US makes public proof of said unlawful meddling, go ahead with the sanctions. But to be fair and avoid hypocrisy, issue apologies and financial compensation to any and all nations where the US has supported coups, meddled in elections, conducted military or intelligence operations on their territory without consent, or otherwise behaved illegally.
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