Earth’s largest country inadvertently economically isolated the president’s deceased parent on March 15.
The Russian government recently sanctioned the wrong Joe Biden.
“President Biden is a junior so they may have [accidentally] sanctioned his dad, may he rest in peace,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said according to Reuters.
Even if the Kremlin issues a correction with the proper suffix, the Biden administration does not believe the diplomatic stunt will significantly impact federal government business.
“That will not surprise any of you that none of us are planning tourist trips to Russia, none of us have bank accounts that we will not be able to access, so we will forge ahead,” Psaki said according to the newswire agency.
The remarks came after Russia state-run mouthpiece Tass added several U.S. officials to a so-called “stop list.” Biden’s father, son Hunter, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, incumbent Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Deputy Treasury Secretary Adewale Adeyemo are all barred from entering the country.
Other sanctioned officials include Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Mark Milley, CIA director William Burns, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, deputy assistant national security adviser Duleep Singh, Agency for International Development director Samantha Power, Export-Import Bank Reta chairman Joe Lewis, and Psaki herself.
“[The Russian Foreign Ministry imposed] personal sanctions against representatives of the U.S. leadership and persons associated with them,” the Russian news outlet said according to Fox News.
“[These sanctions are] in response to a series of unprecedented sanctions prohibiting, among other things, entry into the United States for top officials of the Russian Federation,” it added.