President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a joint information convention after their assembly in Helsinki, July 16, 2018.
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President Joe Biden made Russia’s “blacklist” however former President Donald Trump did not.
Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday launched an up to date checklist of almost 1,000 Americans completely barred from coming into the nation, a largely symbolic slap in response to harsh sanctions imposed by Western nations for its brutal invasion of Ukraine in February.
Biden since mid-March had already been banned from visiting Russia, as had been Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But the up to date checklist now consists of Vice President Kamala Harris, in addition to Biden’s scandal-plagued son Hunter Biden, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Hillary Clinton, the previous secretary of state and first girl.
Billionaire investor George Soros additionally made the checklist. Soros’ philanthropic assist of liberal causes, and teams within the former Soviet bloc, have made him a boogeyman for each Russia and right-wing conspiracy theorists.
Trump was not on the checklist of 963 banned Americans. Over the years, Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticized investigations into Russia’s interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election that ended with Trump’s victory over Democratic rival Clinton.
Trump was impeached in 2019 for withholding congressionally appropriated army help to Ukraine whereas pressuring that nation’s then-newly elected president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to announce investigations into Joe Biden, who on the time was the main Democratic candidate for the White House.
Trump was acquitted after a trial within the Senate.
A spokeswoman for Trump didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon his omission from Russia’s travel-ban checklist.
Former President Barack Obama and Trump’s vice chairman, Mike Pence, additionally will not be on the checklist, however Pence’s brother, Rep. Greg Pence, R-Ind., is banned.
So are 211 of Greg Pence’s fellow Republicans within the House of Representatives and Senate — together with 224 Democratic members of each congressional chambers.
The GOP House members on the banned checklist included two hard-core, Republican Trump supporters, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Arizona’s Paul Gosar.
Also making the checklist are two Democratic House members whose strongly progressive coverage stances are anathema to Trump World: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar.
So is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who this week additionally was banned from receiving communion by the archbishop of the San Francisco Roman Catholic Archdiocese due to her assist for abortion rights.
In an announcement revealed by Russia’s state information company RIA, the Foreign Ministry stated, “Russian counter-sanctions are of a forced nature and are aimed at forcing the ruling American regime to change its behavior” and acknowledge “new geopolitical realities.”
The ministry additionally accused the U.S. of making an attempt to impose a neo-colonial “rules-based world order” on the remainder of the world.
The ministry stated “hostile actions” taken by the U.S. authorities “boomerang back to hit the United States itself” and “will continue to receive proper rebuffs.”
Russia additionally has barred entry to the nation to a whole bunch of Canadians, amongst them Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, and a whole bunch of members of the United Kingdom’s Parliament.