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Biden 'may have saved Trevor's life': Former Marine's family speaks out (1 Viewer)

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Paula, Taylor Reed (sister of Trevor Reed), and Joey Reed.

4.29.22
The Reeds said they received a phone call early Thursday morning from Roger Carsten, the presidential envoy on hostage affairs, who handed the phone to Trevor Reed, who was on a plane headed to the U.S. Reed was arrested in Russia, while on a trip visiting his girlfriend, after Russian authorities alleged he grabbed the wheel of a police car and assaulted a police officer while drunk. Reed denied the allegations and maintained his innocence. A year later he was sentenced to nine years in prison. After several appeals he was moved from a Moscow prison to a remote prison colony. The Reeds said they received a phone call early Thursday morning from Roger Carsten, the presidential envoy on hostage affairs, who handed the phone to Trevor Reed, who was on a plane headed to the U.S. Reed was exchanged for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, a convicted drug trafficker. Reed's parents said their son has a long road to recovery, in an interview with ABC News' David Muir. He is currently in a medical facility receiving care, but his family did not have a complete update on his health on Friday.

"We don't really have a whole lot of answers yet. He's getting testing done. He is at a top-notch medical facility and getting great care so we're excited about that but we won't really know more for a few days," Paula Reed said. The Reeds lobbied for years for the U.S. to negotiate for their son's release, even personally pleading with Biden. Other Americans, including Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner, are still being held in Russia. "Our hearts go out to them and we can only imagine how disappointed they are that their loved ones didn't get to come home," Paula Reed said. She added that Whelan's release was the first thing her son brought up when the family spoke. "He said he didn't feel well and we said, 'Do you mean physically?' He said, 'No, mom. I feel terrible that Paul still there and I'm here.' And he said when I get better, I'm going to start advocating for them to bring Paul home right away,'" Paula Reed said.


Reed was almost certainly mentally and perhaps also physically abused in the Russian penal colony.

We must not forget about former Marine Paul Whelan and WNBA star Britney Griner who are still being held prisoner in Russia.

 

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