Trump’s executive order enacting sanctions for election meddling resembles a quixotic endeavor, Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Deputy Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy told reporters on Thursday, TASS reported.
"This is the sort of paranoia that is quite easy to understand. When a witch-hunt is on, it is good to have clear criteria indicating who precisely is a witch, but when no such criteria exist, it all turns out to be a quixotic endeavor. In this sense, Trump had done a great job, he is a hero," he said.
According to the senior Russian lawmaker, the move threatens to have consequences for all those who comment and post on social media, saying anything that may potentially influence US elections. "Any post may influence elections because no topics have been clarified and anything may be labelled as foreign interference. I think that any US citizen who mentions some international news media outlet citing a Russian source, may face a lot of headaches," Tolstoy cautioned.
US President Donald Trump earlier signed an executive order slapping sanctions on foreign nationals and entities who try to interfere in US elections. According to US National Security Adviser John Bolton, the order "covers not just interference with campaign infrastructure, but it also covers the distribution of propaganda and disinformation."