Russia’s Vladimir Putin seems to be pretty unhappy with the United States, and most of its politicians — regardless of whether they’re actually alive to care about travel restrictions. In fact, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, and global support for Ukraine persists, Putin is banning over 900 Americans from entering the country, including three former senators who have passed on. Who is still welcome? Well, Donald Trump, and almost all of his administration.
According to the Washington Post, the new ban adds a list of Republicans, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Kevin McCarthy and Marco Rubio, as well as additional Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Diane Feinstein. It also includes several individuals in tech, defense contractor executives, a history professor at Yale University, journalists, and actor Morgan Freeman, who spoke out in 2017 about Russian interference in U.S. elections.
However, perhaps the most surprising people on the list are three former senators who are not planning any trips to Russia: John McCain, who passed away in 2018, Harry Reid, who died in December, and Orrin Hatch, who passed on last month. Of the three, Reid is the only Democrat, and the other two are Republicans.
Republican Senator John Cornyn is on the list, too, and he says he’s not feeling too sad about it.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) May 22, 2022
Donald Trump, however, is not named in the ban. Neither is Mitch McConnell, who just traveled to Ukraine with a group of of Republicans to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and show support for the nation.
According to CNN, the White House responded to the previous round of bans — which included President Joe Biden and members of his administration — in March, with press secretary Jen Psaki telling reporters that it would have little practical effect:
“It won’t surprise any of you that none of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts that we won’t be able to access, so we will forge ahead.”
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