Trump signs order to allow sanctions for US election meddling
Donald Trump speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015. (Image via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons.)

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to help protect the United States from foreign interference in domestic elections by laying out a process for putting sanctions on countries and other actors who seek to meddle.

The Departments of State and Treasury would decide on appropriate sanctions to recommend and impose, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told reporters on a conference call.

Sanctions would include freezing assets, limiting access to U.S. financial institutions, and prohibiting U.S. citizens from investing in companies involved.

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama