Trump sanctions to deter meddling in U.S. elections

(Washington Times) President Trump moved Wednesday to deter foreign countries or people from meddling in U.S. elections, creating a mechanism to automatically impose sanctions when intelligence agencies detect cyberattacks.

But the executive order, which coincided with heightened alerts about potential attacks on the Nov. 6 elections, didn’t satisfy critics who don’t trust Mr. Trump to punish Russian hackers.

Sanctions such as freezing assets, restricting foreign exchange transactions and blocking access to U.S. financial institutions will be triggered by incursions on election systems, political parties and candidates, or for circulating propaganda, said National Security Adviser John R. Bolton.

“We felt it was important to show the president has taken command of this issue, that it is something he cares deeply about, that the integrity of our elections [and] our constitutional process are a top priority,” said Mr. Bolton, who briefed reporters on the executive order.