Russian Federation is believed to be continuing its influence and meddling operations in upcoming USA elections, as Congress has sought to impose further punishments and sanctions against the Kremlin.
Coats said the executive order directs intelligence agencies to determine whether an individual, entity or country has interfered in a United States election and, if so, turn the information over to the attorney general and Department of Homeland Security.
Coats says the U.S.is not now seeing the intensity of Russian intervention that was experienced in 2016, but didn't rule it out.More news: Uber’s Largest Shareholder Prototypes a Blockchain for Mobile Cross-Carrier Payments
The move follows repeated criticism for the White House response to Russian-backed interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Congress has been purposefully left out of the executive order drafting process, the official said, because the administration wants to preempt legislation being considered in the House and Senate that addresses similar issues.
"The president has said repeatedly that he is determined that there not be foreign interference in our political process", Bolton said on a conference call.
Rogers said he would tell Trump: "Mr. President, I understand that, but I'm paid by the citizens of the nation to tell you what we think".
Among other things, it would require federal agencies aware of foreign election meddling to relay the information to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Coats also highlighted potential meddling from China, Iran and North Korea. "We're taking nothing for granted here".More news: Hurricane Helene ‘THREAT TO LIFE’ warning - United Kingdom to be hit on MONDAY
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Within 45 days after any United States election, the intelligence services will have to evaluate whether there were attempts by a foreign government or person acting as an agent of another government to interfere with the election, according to the decree.
Coats warned last month that Russian Federation is trying to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections.
Coats and National Security Advisor John Bolton, who also presented the new order to the press, said it showed that President Trump was prioritizing American election security. Russian Federation spent millions of dollars trying to sow division and discord in the 2016 presidential race, using Facebook and other social media platforms, among other tactics. One bill that has broad support, crafted by Sens.
"As I have made clear, the United States will not tolerate any form of foreign meddling in our elections", Trump said in a statement.
They said Trump's order recognizes the threat, but doesn't go far enough.More news: De Bruyne has £223m release clause, reveals Guardiola
But, they added, "we must make sure Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation, or any other foreign actor, understands that we will respond decisively and impose punishing consequences against those who interfere in our democracy".