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Biden Order Targets Foreigners Tied to Detaining Americans

  • Plight of Griner, other detainees puts pressure on White House
  • China, Russia, Iran included on list where Americans face risk
Joe Biden 

Joe Biden 

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President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Tuesday directing the government to identify and impose sanctions on foreign officials involved in wrongful detentions and abductions of American citizens, according to administration officials.

The order also seeks new strategies to prevent future episodes of Americans becoming ensnared while abroad and to improve communications with detainees’ families, working to ensure they receive “consistent and accurate information.”