The president intends to sign an executive order that would punish any foreign nationals and companies caught meddling in the November midterm elections with sanctions, a Reuters report says.
US President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order that would impose sanctions on individuals or organizations found meddling with the upcoming midterm November elections, a Reuters report say, citing two sources familiar with the matter. The decision to enact sanctions would be based on US intelligence service findings, the sources say.
Sanction targets could include individual people or entire companies accused of interfering in US elections either through cyberattacks or other means, an unnamed US official told Reuters.
“The administration is keen to set a new norm in cyberspace,” the official said. “This is a first step in stating boundaries and publicly announcing our response for bad behavior.”
The announcement comes as US law enforcement, military and intelligence services step up their efforts to defend the upcoming elections from foreign interference. Curiously, the president’s plans, if the quoted sources are reliable, come despite Trump’s repeated denial of alleged Russian meddling in 2016 elections and constant criticism of special counsellor Robert Mueller and his probe into such allegations.
According to the text of the document, any intelligence service, including the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Homeland…