The Trump administration has prepared an eight-page draft of an executive order that would allow the White House to sanction non-United States citizens for meddling in U.S. elections.
The Washington Post viewed a copy of the eight-page document, which may be designed to send the signal that the Trump White House takes election interference seriously.
“Everybody knows something has to get done,” a former senior administration official told the Post. “It has been a touchy subject.”
Trump has been criticized for not taking a stronger stance against Russia when it comes to its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Trump slammed the Department of Justice’s Russia investigation that is looking at Russian meddling and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
The draft of the order viewed by the Post would allow the U.S. government to impose sanctions on any foreign individual or entity that sticks their nose in a U.S. election. It also includes mentions of the Soviet Union trying to influence U.S. elections in 1968 and 1984.
It’s not clear if and when Trump would sign the order.
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