Trump orders more sanctions against anyone meddling in U.S. elections

President Trump on Wednesday authorized new sanctions against any country or individual that tries to meddle in upcoming U.S. elections.

“This is intended to be a very broad effort to prevent foreign manipulation of the political process,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said.

It would let Trump impose sanctions on anyone who tries to interfere in the November midterms either overtly, by meddling with such things as vote counts, or indirectly, by spreading misinformation, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a joint statement calling for tougher legislation against election interference. “Today’s announcement by the administration recognizes the threat,” they wrote, “but does not go far enough to address it.”

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