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National Security Adviser, John Bolton, said the executive order includes measures to prevent foreign interference as well as reporting and punishing it. Apple creating portal for police data requests Trump to order sanctions on foreign companies that meddle in United States elections: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Hurricane Florence a new test for Trump team MORE said.

As the director of national intelligence, Coats will oversee regular assessments about potential foreign election meddling and request reports from the Homeland Security and Justice departments determining whether action needs to be taken. US, India sign deal on sharing intel Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters after McCain Obama readies fall campaign push, but some Dems say no thanks MORE (D-Md.) introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act earlier this year, which would penalize Russian Federation or other foreign governments that try to interfere in USA elections.

"We have not seen the intensity of what happened in 2016, but as I have said ... it is only a keyboard click away", Mr. Coats said.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been attacked by USA lawmakers for not being tough enough against Russian Federation after the US intelligence community concluded that Moscow has influenced the 2016 elections. He cast the White House action as a way to strengthen USA defenses immediately. So the others, do incorporate - it's more than Russian Federation here that we're looking at'.

The issue with waiting on Congress, he explained, is "never knowing how long legislation will take".

Coats told reporters on Wednesday the intelligence community continues to monitor attempts to influence USA elections, but "we have not seen the intensity of what happened in 2016". "I think his actions speak for themselves".

Automatic sanctions should act as a deterrent, he said, although he added a major caveat.

The White House declined to comment.

According to the order, an array of federal agencies will be tapped to serve as the decision makers on whether interference has occurred.




In a statement the Democratic National Committee said Trump's order "does nothing to hold Russian Federation accountable" for 2016. "We want to ensure the American public that elections have not been manipulated, their vote has not been changed".

But the order received a lukewarm reception from bipartisan lawmakers pushing for a new sanctions law.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen.

The senators prefer their legislation, the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines, or DETER Act. "If they determine and find anything that reflects interference with our election, they will then report that and automatic sanctions will take place", Coats said.

Bolton said sanctions could be imposed during or after an election, based on the evidence gathered.

Coats warned last month that Russian Federation is trying to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.

The executive order in this regard is likely to be signed by Trump as early as Wednesday. The White House publicized last moth that the National Security Council examined the issue twice with Trump presiding. "I have President Putin. I'd say the same thing if [Barack] Obama was president", Mr. Coats asserted that the administration had always been working on the issue of election security.

"This is an ongoing effort here, and it has been for a significant amount of time", he said.

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