President Joe Biden spoke to Britney Greiner’s wife, Sheryl Greiner, on Wednesday, and pledged his commitment to securing Grener’s release and bringing the WNBA All-Star home.
in Statement from the White HouseBiden called Cheryl to assure her that he was working on Britney’s release. Biden also read out a draft of the letter he plans to send to Britney on Wednesday to Cheryl, at the White House.
Biden’s conversation with Cheryl comes two days after Britney wrote a letter asking for Biden’s help with her release. Greiner, who is in the middle of a trial in Russia that began last week, has been held in the country since February after customs claimed they had found cannabis oil in her luggage at Sheremetyevo International Airport near Moscow. Grenier’s trial is scheduled to resume on Thursday.
Before Cheryl spoke with President Biden on Wednesday, she spoke in an interview today CBS Morning On Tuesday, she says she hasn’t heard from Biden. Cheryl described it as a “very frustrating” situation.
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In parts of Britney’s letter to Biden he shared TJ Quinn from ESPNShe stated that she was “terrified” that she might remain in Russia “forever”.
“On the Fourth of July, our family usually honors serving those who fought for our freedom, including my father who was a Vietnam War veteran,” Greiner wrote. “It hurts to think about the way I normally celebrate this day because freedom means something completely different to me this year.”
While Greiner continues to take her case to President Biden and his administration to assist in her release, she remains in detention for the duration of her trial. according to News agencyGriner’s detention has been extended to December 20.
Lindsay Kagawa Colas, Griner’s agent with Wasserman, believes Griner’s wrongful arrest is being used as a “political pawn.”
In addition to Greiner, Paul Whelan is another American and a former director of the Navy and Security who hopes to be released as well. Currently, Whelan is serving a 16-year prison sentence in Russia for espionage, according to the Associated Press.