The select few U.S. government officials to be sanctioned by Russia on Thursday have taken their punishment with pride, touting their positions against Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is “proud” to be on the list, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) sees them as a “badge of honor.”
But Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, really wants people to know he was included on the list.
“While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to go on vacation with my family in Siberia this summer, I am honored to be on this list,” the Indiana Republican said in a statement following the sanctions.
Imitating David Letterman’s late night talk show on Friday, Coats also posted to Twitter the “Top 10” activities he “won’t be able to do since Putin banned me from Russia”:
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