President Trump Expands Counterterrorism Sanctions Authority

President Trump Expands Counterterrorism Sanctions Authority


By: Michael T. Gershberg, Justin A. Schenck, Avani Uppalapati

On September 10, 2019, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13886 to expand U.S. sanctions authority to combat terrorism.  The order amends EO 13224, which was originally issued in 2001 by President Bush in the wake of the September 11 attacks.  The updated EO expands the counterterrorism designation authority of the U.S. Government to target a wider range of persons, including those who participate in terrorist training and leaders of designated groups.  It also authorizes secondary sanctions against foreign financial institutions that knowingly deal with designated terrorists.

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