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President BidenJoe Biden Senators shrink COVID deal amid disagreements Trevor Reed’s parents meet Biden at White House Senators trade offers in battle for coronavirus deal MORE on Wednesday met with the parents of former US Marine Trevor Reed, who is detained in Russia, after they demonstrated all day in front of the White House to raise awareness about his case.
White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiTrevor Reed’s Parents Meet Biden at White House Democrats Target Big Oil Ahead of Midterm Psaki, Jean-Pierre Absences Give Others White House Audition MORE confirmed that Biden met Joey and Paula Reed Wednesday night in a lengthy statement.
“At their meeting, the president reiterated his commitment to continue to work for the release of Trevor, Paul Whelan and other Americans wrongfully detained in Russia and elsewhere, and to provide all possible assistance until they and others are free and home. have returned. their families who so passionately plead for their release,” said Psaki.
“The president’s national security team will maintain regular contact with the Reeds, the Whelan family and other families of Americans who are being held hostage or wrongly held abroad. We are grateful for their collaboration and feedback,” she says.
A spokesperson for the Reeds also confirmed the meeting on Wednesday.
Trevor Reed was detained in Russia in 2019 for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a drunken episode, an event he says he does not remember. He was sentenced to nine years in prison and tried unsuccessfully to appeal the verdict.
The US government has called his detention unjust and has attempted to negotiate his release with the Russians.
Joey and Paula Reed demonstrated outside the White House on Wednesday, seeking to meet Biden. They spoke with the president earlier this month when he traveled to Texas, their home state, and Biden had promised to meet them in person during that phone call.
“I’m going to see if I can see them”, Biden told journalists earlier on Wednesday. “They are good people.”
Joey and Paula Reed said their son’s condition in prison has deteriorated and it has become more difficult to contact him since the US imposed sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Reed is on hunger strike in protest at his treatment in a Russian prison, according to the family.
“Our son’s physical condition, like many other American hostages, is rapidly going downhill, and so is our relationship with his hostage takers, so that’s why we think it’s urgent that we talk to him,” Joey Reed told reporters. outside the White House. on Wednesday.
Whelan, another former Marine, has also been imprisoned in Russia and convicted of espionage. His family has denied the charges and the US government has sought to secure his release. Biden has raised the Reed and Whelan cases directly with the Russian president Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin Trevor Reed’s parents meet Biden at White House Uranium industry is latest to jump on the bandwagon and profit from tragedy in Ukraine Defense and national security – New tensions arise between Putin and Russia MORE when the two leaders met last summer.
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