Biden and Harris speak to the wife of Brittney Griner

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris spoke on the phone Wednesday with the wife of Brittney Griner, the basketball star whose detention in Russia on cannabis charges has played out amid the broader foreign policy battle between Washington and Moscow over the latter’s invasion of Ukraine.

On the call, Biden pledged to Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, that he would provide “all possible assistance” to the detained athlete and said his administration is pursuing “every avenue” to bring Brittney Griner home, a White House statement released Wednesday shows.

“The President called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other U.S. nationals who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world,” the statement read.


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