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 McCainOvernight Defense: Senate panel passes defense policy bill | House panel presses on with markup | Trump officials say WH statement prevented Syria chemical attack | NATO pledges to raise spending Senate panel passes 0B defense policy bill GOP infighting erupts over healthcare bill 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 MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations 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 BoehnerChaffetz calls for ,500 legislator housing stipend GOP super-PAC promises big spending in 2018 Ryan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes 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 ReidDems face identity crisis Heller under siege, even before healthcare Charles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales MORE (D-Nev.) Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuTrump posts O'Keefe videos on Instagram O'Keefe video shows CNN's Van Jones calling Russia story a ‘nothingburger’ White House encourages viewing of anti-CNN James O'Keefe video MORE, (D-La.) and Dan CoatsDan CoatsThe Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks Merkley: Trump 'absolutely' tried to intimidate Comey Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe 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.