President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris tried Wednesday to “reassure” Cherelle Griner that the administration is engaged on getting her spouse, WNBA star Brittney Griner, launched from a Russian jail — a day after Cherelle stated it was “very disheartening” that she hadn’t heard from the White Home about their efforts to free the hoopster.
Biden “supplied his help to Cherelle and Brittney’s household, and he dedicated to making sure they’re supplied with all doable help whereas his administration pursues each avenue to convey Brittney residence,” the White Home stated in a readout of the dialog.
Noting that Brittney Griner is being held “beneath insupportable circumstances,” the president additionally learn Cherelle Griner a draft of a letter he intends to ship to Brittney.
“This has been prime of thoughts for the president, and he receives day by day updates concerning the standing of her negotiations to safe Brittney’s launch,” White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre instructed reporters aboard Air Drive One en path to a Biden occasion in Ohio on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden tried to reassure Cherelle Griner that his administration was doing every little thing it might to get her spouse Brittney Griner launched from Russian jail. AP
“And the US authorities continues to work aggressively, utilizing each accessible means to convey her residence, together with different wrongly detained People like Paul Whelan,” she added.
Whelan, a former US Marine, has been detained in Russia since he was arrested at a Moscow lodge in 2018 on espionage prices.
Cherelle Griner expressed her frustration Tuesday over the dearth of progress in releasing her spouse, who has been held since her February arrest at a Moscow airport for allegedly transporting two hashish vape cartridges in her baggage.
Cherelle Griner stated the administration wasn’t “doing something” to assist free her spouse from Russian jail. CBS
In an interview on “CBS Mornings,” Cherelle stated she would not stay quiet concerning the White Home’s lack of ability to free Brittney.
“I’ll discover that stability of … hurt versus assist in pushing our authorities to do every little thing that’s doable as a result of being quiet, they’re not transferring, they’re not doing something,” she instructed host Gayle King.
Cherelle Griner spoke out after Brittney, 31, penned a July 4 letter to the president pleading with him to assist get her out of Russia, saying “I’m terrified I may be right here endlessly.”
“Please do all you’ll be able to to convey us residence,” Griner wrote in a hand-written message delivered to the White Home.
“I voted for the primary time in 2020 and I voted for you. I imagine in you,” the seven-time WNBA all-star stated. “As I sit right here in a Russian jail, alone with my ideas and with out the safety of my spouse, household, pals, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I may be right here endlessly.”
In a letter, WNBA star Brittney Griner stated she’s afraid she may be in a Russian jail “endlessly.”AP
The White Home initially responded to Cherelle’s criticism by noting that nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan had spoken along with her twice within the earlier ten days, whereas Secretary of State Antony Blinken had additionally been in touch.
Brittney Griner appeared in court docket exterior Moscow final Friday for the start of her drug possession trial that would lead to her spending 10 years in a Russian jail.