Biden Meets Families of Russian-Held Detainees Griner, Whelan

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden met on Friday with families of two Americans being held by Russia, and personally reassured them he is working to gain freedom for the detainees.
Biden sat down in the Oval Office with Cherelle Griner, partner of women’s basketball player Brittney Griner, and Elizabeth Whelan, sister of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.
(Left) Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine, in Moscow on June 15, 2020. (Right) Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) basketball player Brittney Griner at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on Aug. 4, 2022. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images)
Biden conducted the separate meetings to assure the families that the detainees “are at front of mind,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre….

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