President Joe Biden made Russia’s “blacklist” but former President Donald Trump didn’t.
In response to harsh sanctions imposed by Western countries over its military operation in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry released an updated list of nearly 1,000 Americans permanently barred from entering the country on Saturday.
Biden, since mid-March, had already been banned from visiting Russia, as were Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But the updated list now includes Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as Biden’s scandal-plagued son Hunter Biden, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and first lady.
Billionaire investor George Soros also made the list. Soros’ philanthropic support of liberal causes and groups in the former Soviet bloc has made him a boogeyman for both Russia and right-wing conspiracy theorists.
Former President Barack Obama and Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, aren’t on the list, but Greg Pence, Pence’s brother, is.
So are 211 of Greg Pence’s fellow Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senate — along with 224 Democratic members of both congressional chambers.