US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning any form of foreign meddling in the American elections.
Based on the decree signed on Wednesday, any foreign companies or people who interfere in US elections, based on intelligence agency findings, will be slapped with sanctions.
The move comes amid an ongoing investigation into alleged interference of Russia in favor of Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly rejected there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Russia has also slammed the allegations as baseless.
The signing of the executive order comes amid calls by US intelligence agencies, military and law enforcement that there should be more legal options to protect the November 6, 2018 congressional elections from any potential foreign interference.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said while announcing Trump’s new order on Wednesday that his department has seen signs…