Trump to order sanctions on foreign companies that meddle in US elections: report

Trump to order sanctions on foreign companies that meddle in US elections: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE will reportedly sign an executive order mandating that sanctions be implemented against any foreign companies that interfere in U.S. elections.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Trump could sign the order as soon as Wednesday. It would direct that sanctions be placed on overseas companies that U.S. intelligence found to have meddled in elections.

The United States has repeatedly slapped Russia with sanctions after U.S. intelligence agencies determined that the country had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. The White House declined to comment to Reuters.

Trump faced some criticism for not being tough enough against Russia earlier this year, after he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials of interference in the 2016 election.

Trump later walked back his comments, claiming he misspoke at the leaders' joint press conference and saying that he believed in U.S. intelligence's findings on election interference.

The order would come just weeks ahead of November's midterm elections. Intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset 'deepfake' threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children's privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of 'deepfake' videos Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report MORE, have warned of possible foreign meddling in the elections.

Microsoft announced earlier this year that it had detected and prevented hacking attempts against three congressional candidates. One of those candidates was later revealed to be Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBig Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill Endorsements? Biden can't count on a flood from the Senate MORE (D-Mo.).

The tech giant also disclosed last month that it had shut down several fake websites created by Russian hackers that targeted the Senate and a pair of conservative think tanks.