Donald Trump approves sanctions for foreign meddling in United States election

Putin denies Russia interfered in US elections

Facing pressure from lawmakers to beef up election security, President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that would impose sanctions on any foreign person or country that attempts to interfere in USA elections.

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

The US President has signed an order that allows the government to impose sanctions on any person or country that interferes with US elections.

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Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been attacked by USA lawmakers for not being tough enough against Russian Federation after the US intelligence community concluded that Moscow has influenced the 2016 elections.

But in a statement late Wednesday, the president said his executive order makes clear the United States "will not tolerate any form of foreign meddling in our elections".

The order declares a national emergency, Bolton said, and requires DNI to make regular assessments of activities targeting the United States electoral process, reporting findings to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

While the intelligence community keeps a close tab on any global interference before the elections, after the elections, the executive order directs the intelligence agencies to assess whether or not whether or not there has been any individual entity, country that has authorised, directed sponsored or otherwise supported an interference in the USA election, Coats said.

"We have seen signs of [meddling from] not just Russian Federation, but from China ... from Iran and even North Korea", he said.

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"And if we see something has happened, then there's going to be an automatic response to that".

"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said at a press conference with Putin. The State and Treasury departments would decide on additional sanctions to recommend and impose. And number two, I'm concerned about what this will do for the men and women who are doing the work in the agencies that we have all been a part of, and as a result I opted not to go this route even as I recognized, john, everybody, you need to speak up and say what you believe.

"The president has said repeatedly that he is determined that there not be foreign interference in our elections", Bolton told reporters.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the scale of the U.S. election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

"The president has acted decisively today", Bolton said, adding that the administration looked forward to engaging with Congress further on the issue.

Bolton denied that Wednesday's executive order was an effort to reverse the damage from Trump's remarks after the summit with Putin, which prompted outrage among lawmakers in both parties. He said he was in talks with lawmakers about possible legislation.

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action".

"We must make sure Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, or any other foreign actor, understands that we will respond decisively and impose punishing consequences against those who interfere in our democracy". Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are pushing a bill that would prohibit foreign governments from purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure.

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