Report: Russia targets more US officials with visa ban over Ukraine

 

Russia expanded its retaliatory visa bans to include about a dozen more U.S. officials, including senators, congressmen and even a handful of President Obama's campaign bundlers, according to a Friday report.

The Daily Beast reported the expanded list comes after the United States issued its third round of sanctions against Russian officials and businesses in the country earlier this week due to its failure to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.

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Though the names remain undisclosed, the Beast, citing diplomatic sources, said the Obama bundlers were picked with a focus on ties to the gay and lesbian community. The United States has continuously criticized Russia for its restrictive laws targeting the gay community, especially leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi earlier this year. 

Most U.S. officials who received visa bans to Russia in March said they took pride in being named to the list, which included Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE (R-Ohio). 

“The Speaker is proud to be included on a list of those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression," said BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE spokesman Michael Steel at the time. 

Other officials on the March list were deputy national security adviser for international economics Caroline Atkinson, senior White House adviser Daniel Pfeiffer, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSchumer: Obama 'very amenable' to helping Senate Dems in midterms The Hill's Morning Report: Can Trump close the deal with North Korea? Senate must save itself by confirming Mike Pompeo MORE (D-N.J.) and Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE (D-La.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainOvernight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee MORE (R-Ariz.) and Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsGOP senator places hold on Trump counterintelligence nominee Civil liberties groups press Trump administration on NSA call record collection Trump’s ‘Syraqistan’ strategy is a success — and a failure MORE (R-Ind.).