On Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury responded to Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election by announcing sanctions against six individuals and five entities — including two Russian intelligence services — thought to be involved in “malicious cyber-enabled activities.” The economic penalties followed President Obama’s issuance of an executive order expanding the government’s authority to address cybersecurity issues in the wake of the FBI and CIA’s determination that Russian cyberattacks in the U.S. presidential election were intended to help Donald Trump. Also Thursday, the U.S. expelled 35 diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to “Russian harassment of American diplomats,” a senior U.S. official told Reuters. Trump has said “we ought to get on with our lives” instead of focusing on retaliating against Russia.
BREAKING: Pres. Obama releases statement on new sanctions against Russians: "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions." pic.twitter.com/U1xbGGmsAx
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