Dan Coats tweets Top 10 list after Russia bans him

Dan Coats
One of the things that Coats is doing to be noticed these days is something he calls "Waste of the Week." (WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Senator Dan Coats is one of nine government officials being sanctioned, according to a list issued by the Kremlin. The Indiana Republican has responded with humor.

Coats first used humor when he issued an official statement after the Russian list came out Thursday, but Friday he took to Twitter and took the humor to another level. In the spirit of David Letterman, Coats said, he produced the top 10 things he won’t be able to do since President Vladimir Putin banned him from Russia.

“Putin has imperial ambitions motivated by his pathological insecurities,” said Coats, in a recent speech on the Senate floor, “in a quest to restore lost glories.”

In the speech, he put forth a resolution calling for sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine.

In the time since, he has spoken out on cable TV.

“The United States needs to stand strong, it needs to lead,” he said on CNN. “It needs to lead its European allies and its friends around the world in condemnation of this.”

He has also used local media to spread his message.

“I think we should use all the leverage that we have to make sure the Russians understand this is a breach of international law,” he said on WISH-TV. “This is something that’s not acceptable.”

Coats called for expelling Russia from the G8 and NATO and for moving 2018 World Cup games to another country.

That serious tone was gone, however, when Coats joked on Twitter with his top 10 list Friday.

Meanwhile, Indiana’s other Senator, Joe Donnelly, is currently on an overseas trip that includes a stop in Ukraine.

See the tweets below:










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