'We want Paul home': Family of former Marine held in Russia speaks out after Griner's release

12/9/2022 9:09:00 AM

In celebrating Brittney Griner's release from Russia after a prisoner swap, President Joe Biden said Thursday it was 'not a choice' between her and Marine Paul Whelan.

In celebrating WNBA star Brittney Griner's release, Pres. Biden made a point on to say the prisoner swap was 'not a choice' between Griner and Paul Whelan, the American former Marine who is still detained in Russia.

In celebrating Brittney Griner's release from Russia after a prisoner swap, President Joe Biden said Thursday it was 'not a choice' between her and Marine Paul Whelan.

interview with CNN on Thursday, Whelan said he was "greatly disappointed" to not also be returning home.failed to free Paul Whelan , a U.“‘Today my family is whole.missed the entire 2015 WNBA season to honor a contract with a Russian league.

"I have to say I am greatly disappointed that more has not been done to secure my release.Especially as the four-year anniversary of my arrest is coming up.Marine veteran who has been jailed in Russia since 2018 on spying charges that the U.I was arrested for a crime that never occurred," Whelan said.S."I'm happy that Brittney is going home today and that Trevor went home when he did -- but I don't understand why I'm still sitting here," he added.government has said are baseless.President Joe Biden speaks to reporters about the release of WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner by Russia as U.Yes, playing overseas pays, but not without also exacting a price.

S.S.Griner, a WNBA player and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has spent nine months imprisoned in Russia on drug charges for possession and smuggling of less than a gram of hashish oil.Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Vice President Kamala Harris and Cherelle Griner look on in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, Dec.8, 2022.Several Republicans said that was a bad deal given the serious charges against Bout, and that Biden missed a chance to get Whelan.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters He said he hopes officials will do everything they can to bring him home, "regardless of the price they may have to pay at this point.Biden said that Brittney Griner is “safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home after months of being unjustly detained in Russia, being held in intolerable circumstances." "My bags are packed.Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.This would also limit the diverse audience that currently attends WNBA games.

I'm ready to go home.I just need an airplane to come and get me," Whelan said."A U.S.Some Republicans on Capitol Hill were quick to blast the prisoner swap , including House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy."This is a gift to Vladimir Putin, and it endangers American lives," McCarthy tweeted.Marine is left behind in another bad deal made by Biden."Leaving Paul Whelan behind for this is unconscionable.Biden said that Griner would be back in the U.Now that the global climate has changed, it’s time to restructure our economic decisions and investments.

" Biden administration officials will remain in close contact with the Whelan family, the president said earlier.S."We'll keep negotiating in good faith for Paul's release.I guarantee that."Where is U.“This is a day we’ve worked toward for a long time,” Biden said Friday morning.I say that to the family.I guarantee you.Marine Paul Whelan, who has been unjustly held by Russia for far longer?" tweeted Rep.

I urge Russia to do the same to ensure that Paul's health and humane treatment are maintained until we are able to bring him home.S.I don't want any American to sit wrongfully detained one extra day if we can bring that person home," he said."Celebrities over veterans?" Waltz said in a separate tweet,"This is absolutely shameful," and said Biden is giving priority to a celebrity over a veteran.MORE: Family of Paul Whelan, former Marine held in Russia, worried after communication cut off Whelan's twin brother, David, released a statement just ahead of Biden's remarks calling the swap for Griner "the right decision." "As the family member of a Russian hostage, I can literally only imagine the joy she will have, being reunited with her loved ones, and in time for the holidays.Scott Perry, R-PA.“Sadly, for totally illegal reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s.There is no greater success than for a wrongful detainee to be freed and for them to go home.

The Biden Administration made the right decision to bring Ms." "President Biden just gave Russia its ‘Merchant of Death’ back while U.Griner home, and to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn't going to happen," he said.I guarantee you.He said officials let them know in advance "that Paul would be left behind," unlike in April, when news broke of former U.Marine Paul Whelan is left locked up in a Russian prison," tweeted Rep.S.Marine Trevor Reed's return."We need justice for Paul.I wholeheartedly wish we could have brought Paul home today on the same plane with Brittney.

"This is the event we wish for so much for our own family," the Whelans said in April, and again on Thursday."She will be reunited with her family." Paul Whelan, a U.Brittney is free.nationals held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad home to their loved ones where they belong.And Paul is still a hostage.Marine veteran who was arrested for alleged spying, listens to the verdict in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, June 15, 2020." A senior Biden administration official told reporters on a background call that another official had spoken "at length" with Whelan from prison to talk through the news of Griner's release.

"I want to be very clear: This was not a situation where we had a choice of which American to bring home.Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.The Biden Admin made the right decision to bring Ms.It was a choice between bringing home one particular American, Brittney Griner, or bringing home none," the official said.FILE - Paul Whelan, a former U." "This is now the second prisoner exchange where President Biden has left Paul Whelan behind," tweeted Rep.S.“Thank you to every single person that kept Brittney Griner’s name alive,” tweeted Phoenix Mercury player Brianna Turner, later adding, “Most excited for Cherelle.marine who was arrested for alleged spying, listens to the verdict in a courtroom at the Moscow City Court in Moscow, Russia, June 15, 2020."A Marine and Michigan native, Paul has been wrongly imprisoned for 4 years.

A senior Russian diplomat says that Russia and the United States have repeatedly come close to reaching agreement on a prisoner exchange and a deal remains possible before the year's end.The Biden administration long has been trying to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another American jailed in Russia, corporate security executive Paul Whelan, including through a possible prisoner swap with Moscow.They deserve better..Sofia Sandurskaya/AP within 24 hours , according to officials."She's safe."The Biden regime.She's on a plane.

She's on her way home," Biden said alongside Brittney's wife, Cherelle, Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.MORE: Brittney Griner live updates: WNBA star swapped for Russian Viktor Bout in prisoner exchange Blinken, in a written statement, praised Griner's release but lamented that Whelan and his family "continue to suffer needlessly." "Despite our ceaseless efforts, the Russian Government has not yet been willing to bring a long overdue end to his wrongful detention.I wholeheartedly wish we could have brought Paul home today on the same plane with Brittney," Blinken said.Former New Mexico Gov.

Bill Richardson, who for months tried to help negotiate a trade for Griner and Whelan and travelled repeatedly to Moscow for meetings, said his team is thrilled Griner is now free but called for the Biden administration to now make Whelan's return a priority.ABC News' Cindy Smith, Ben Gittleson and Justin Gomez contributed to this report.Top Stories.

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Makes my skin crawl!! Then there shouldn’t have been a trade Idiot ! Think about this Another Biden lie. There is ALWAYS a choice. Well Paul Whelan is white, so….. To release the merchant of death was just an idiotic thing to do. So fckn what. This criminal is getting more media attention than she fckn deserves.

Does this grandpa get black money from basketball players? The American media,as always,is trying to create a 'hero' ! Even if their only heroism was smuggling drugs into a foreign country🤦🏻‍♂️ Feels like it thou

GOP rips Brittney Griner deal for stranding Paul Whelan in Russia: ‘Celebrities over veterans?'House Republicans criticized President Biden for agreeing to a deal that returned NBA star Brittney Griner to the U.S., but left Paul Whelan stuck in Russia. Lest we forget! Whelan was arrested under trump, he languished in Russian prisons for 2 years under trump who was supposed to be Putins friend but did nothing to help Whelan grtmout. Now you're upset POTUS hasn't cleaned up another trump mess yet? Give him time there are so many Biden didn’t even try to get Paul Whelan out he had no intention on getting Paul Whelan out. He’d rather have a drug smuggler who hates America out.

Whelan was in Russia spying for the CIA and these clowns like Biden and the ABC reporters cannot tell the truth about it. So ludicrous it is beyond belief. FJB POTUS bull 💩 Bergers can't be choosers When she Lands and sees an American flag is she going to flee back to Russia? This is how our government treats former soldiers who has served? I’m for bringing Griner home, but this was disgraceful to all that served to leave a marine behind over a sports entertainer. Poorly played. Embarrassing in fact.

We go from a nazi president to A SENILE president. What a country Republicans when a black woman is freed before a white man .... Putin negotiated one heck of a good deal there Brandon.

Brittney Griner release: ‘Today my family is whole,’ says wife Cherelle GrinerBrittney Griner's wife Cherelle is 'overwhelmed with emotions' over the WNBA star's release, but said that she and BG will remain committed to getting other detained Americans, like Paul Whelan, back home to their families, too. We traded an arms dealer for a drug user. Fair trade? Great swap, a bb player who committed a crime vs a man who served their country🤦‍♂️ Welp I knew Biden was bad at deals but damn this was next level of stupid.

Listen.. Jim Eagle knows best 😉 Insane Maybe try a little harder to bring home somebody who fought for the country instead of turning thier back on it. I know common sense is tough these days This isn’t a flex Like!!! actually, there probably wasnt much of a choice: One had the right boxes checked, and the other did not. I doubt much thought went into it..

Honor in saying her country is racist? Biden , you and your son are so phony. It’s laughable. Of course it was. Once again, more incompetence from from BidenAdministration. They let Putin set the terms. Apparently the Russians claim Whelan is a spy, and refused to exchange him in this swap. Republicans would apparently have rather gotten nobody than brought a Black queer woman home (or seen Biden succeed at anything). Party of Bigots. Party of Traitors. Party of Putin.

Opinion | Brittney Griner should have never had to be in Russia in the first placeWNBA players can earn upward of $1 million by taking their talents outside the United States. Brittney Griner shows us how perilous this can be. Yup. The WNBA isn’t as popular as the NBA. More super soy journalists who don’t understand economics. This makes our universities look horrible “maddening” What do you expect tens of WNBA fans to do about that?

During a war with Russia, why release their no 1 terrorist and arms dealer , who conspired to kill Americans and who will now work for Russia to procure and import ammunition and arms using his Rolodex , just when the Russians are running short:

WNBA star Brittney Griner reportedly coming to San Antonio for medical care following release from RussiaGriner, who was released by Russia on Thursday in exchange for notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, will be taken to a medical center in San Antonio for a routine evaluation, according to reports from NBC and Politico. I would’ve traded Edward Snowden over the Russia guy. Happy she’s home now prepare for WW3 Now she can come back home and kneel for the anthem.

Family of American prisoner Paul Whelan backs Griner dealThe family of an Paul Whelan, an American detained in Russia for nearly four years and counting, says the Biden administration “made the right decision” in agreeing to a prisoner exchange that freed WNBA star Brittney Griner. If he didn't say that the admin would let his brother rot

WNBA star Brittney Griner freed in U.S.-Russia prisoner swapRussia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a dramatic prisoner exchange, as the U.S. released notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout but failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years.The swap, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, achieved a top goal for President Joe Biden but carried a heavy price.