Trump signs order imposing sanctions for interfering with elections
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Trump signs order imposing sanctions for interfering with elections

US President Donald Trump issued an executive order [text] Wednesday directing federal agencies to investigate instances of interference with US elections and to take measures against those involved.

The executive order instructs the Director of National Intelligence, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security to spearhead and coordinate an assessment of foreign nationals and entities operating in the US that may be associated with foreign governments who support the interference with American elections. The Director is to deliver the information gathered to the President, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security within 45 days from the date of the order.

The order also restricts any property or assets belonging to those involved with interfering in American elections from being traded, sold or dealt. Immigration for such individuals would also be restricted. The Secretary of State and Treasury are also to assess said individuals’ actions and then make recommendations regarding additional economic sanctions, such as freezing assets or suspending business licenses, to the President.