Brittney Griner: Joe Biden calls WNBA’s wife ‘to calm his efforts’

President Joe Biden (left) called Cherelle Griner (right), wife of incarcerated WNBA star Brittney Griner (center), on Wednesday

President Joe Biden (left) called Cherelle Griner (right), wife of incarcerated WNBA star Brittney Griner (center), on Wednesday (Images: Getty Images/AP)

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called Brittney Griner’s wife “to reassure her” that they are continuing to work to free the WNBA star from a Russian prison where she is “wrongly imprisoned.”

Biden and Harris spoke to Cherelle Griner on Wednesday about their efforts to get Brittney out of the “unbearable circumstances.”

“The President has called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible,” the White House said.

“The President has offered his support to Cherelle and Brittney’s family, and he has pledged to ensure that they have all the support they need while his administration works to bring Brittney home.”

Brittney was arrested at a Moscow airport in February for allegedly having two cannabis vape cartridges in her luggage.

On July 4th, Brittney Biden wrote a letter asking him to help her.

“I voted for the first time in 2020 and I voted for you. I believe in you. As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey or any accomplishments, I fear that I may be here forever,” said the seven-time WNBA All-Star wrote in her own handwriting.

“Please do whatever you can to bring us home.”

Cherelle on Tuesday expressed frustration at what appeared to be stalled efforts to free her wife.

“I’m going to find that balance between … harm and help to urge our government to do whatever it takes because they’re still, they’re not moving, they’re not doing anything,” Cherelle said on CBS Mornings.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the basketball star’s release “was of the utmost importance to the President and he will be updated daily on the status of their negotiations to secure Brittney’s release.”

The White House said Biden is also working to release Paul Whelan, who was arrested in Russia and accused of espionage, “and other US citizens who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world.”

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