Lawmakers #proud to be Russia-sanctioned

Lawmakers thumbed their noses at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sanctions that would prevent them from visiting the country. 

“I'm proud to be sanctioned by Putin - I'll never cease my efforts & dedication to freedom & independence of #Ukraine, which includes #Crimea,” tweeted Sen. John McCainJohn McCainBush biographer: Trump has moved the goalpost for civilized society White House to pressure McConnell on ObamaCare McCain: Trump needs to state difference between bigots and those fighting hate MORE (R-Ariz.). 

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On Thursday, Putin imposed entry bans on nine lawmakers and officials in response to the U.S.’s sanctions on Russian and Crimean officials. 

“There should be no doubt, we will respond in kind to any hostile action,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, according to the Associated Press. “We have warned repeatedly that the use of sanctions is a double-edged sword that will boomerang against the United States.”

“If standing up for #democracy & sovereignty in #Ukraine means I'm #SanctionedByPutin, I'll take it,” tweeted Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezLawmakers target horse meat trade Senators, staff get approval to testify in Menendez corruption trial Trump admin not opposed to new war authorization MORE (D-N.J.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. 

“Proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression,” House Speaker Rep. John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) tweeted. 

The list also includes Ben Rhodes, a deputy U.S. national security adviser, White House advisers Caroline Atkinson and Dan Pfeiffer, and Majority Leader Sen. Harry ReidHarry ReidOPINION | 5 ways Democrats can win back power in the states THE MEMO: Trump's base cheers attacks on McConnell It's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him MORE (D-Nev.) Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuCNN producer on new O'Keefe video: Voters are 'stupid,' Trump is 'crazy' CNN's Van Jones: O'Keefe Russia 'nothingburger' video 'a hoax' Trump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram MORE, (D-La.) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsThe Hill's 12:30 Report DOJ warns the media could be targeted in crackdown on leaks Conway: Leaks of Trump's calls should have 'chilling effect' MORE (R-Ind.). 

Reid retweeted Menendez’s Tweet, while Rhodes, Pfeiffer, Landrieu and Coats have not yet tweeted on the matter at the time of this article’s publish.