Goodbye Interference – Trump Signs Order to Impose Sanctions

Trump signed an executive order that will protect our elections from foreign interference. Is this ironic?

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“Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger” J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote.

The U.S. has been feeling a lot like the wizards lately, with foreign actors trying to interfere and meddle in their business constantly. So much that President Trump signed a broad executive order on the issue, paving the way for the administration to impose sanctions on foreign actors that attempt to meddle in the elections. And it does not matter whether it is an entity, an individual, or a country; they will all face the wrath of sanctions.

According to ABC News, the order goes by the title of “Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election,” and as obvious as it sounds, it will direct parts of the administration to comprise reports on election meddling. Then, it will direct the State Department and Treasury Department to decide on appropriate sanctions on foreign actors. Likewise, it is important to note that the order is not country-specific.

John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, stated that the executive order will apply not only to campaign infrastructure interference, but also propaganda and misinformation. In addition, it is intended to take effect now before November’s midterm elections, so Treasury and State can make fitting decisions.

According to Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, the way that it will work is that after the intelligence community has found interference, there will be a 45-day period during which it will make an evaluation. After that, it will turn its findings over to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice. And only if the departments agree on the fact that there was an interference, the sanctions will be imposed.

Coats also reveals that, “We have seen signs of [interference] not just Russia but from China, and capabilities from potentially Iran and North Korea,” highlighting the fact that it is not just Russia.

Some believe that this is a great start, but that more should be done. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen, have both stated that the president should do more. The lawmakers stress that, “Today’s announcement by the Administration recognizes the threat but does not go far enough to address it. The United States can and must do more.”

Is it ironic that Trump signed an executive order to protect our elections from foreign interference now? Read more about this story on ABC News here.

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Trump signed an executive order that will protect our elections from foreign interference. Is this ironic?

44% Yes – Where was this last election?
56% No – We obviously need it!
41% Yes – Where was this last election?
59% No – We obviously need it!
51% Yes – Where was this last election?
49% No – We obviously need it!

Yes – Where was this last election?

No – We obviously need it!

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