“I’m going to see if I can go see them,” Mr. Biden told reporters. “They’re good people.”
White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the president is “very eager” to meet with Mr. Reed‘s parents, adding that the administration is trying to schedule a meeting.
“It was 22 days ago when the president said that he would have someone call us immediately when he got back to D.C. and set it up,” Paula Reed, Trevor‘s mother, told reporters outside the White House fence.
“The office staff have not called us. And we wanted to be here to bring attention to Trevor‘s case and to let them know that we did not forget. We’re waiting for that phone call and we want the meeting the president promised us,” Ms. Reed said.
Paula Reed and her husband Joey, sat in front of the White House’s North Lawn wearing T-shirts with their son’s picture. They hung a large red banner with the same photo of their son and the words: “Free Trevor Reed: Wrongfully Imprisoned by Russia since 2019.”
The Reeds said they intend to stay outside the White House through Friday.
Efforts to secure Mr. Reed’s release come as relations between Russia and the U.S. have reached their lowest levels in decades because of the Ukraine war.
The situation has complicated efforts to bring home not only Mr. Reed but other Americans detained in Russia, including WNBA star Brittney Griner. Ms. Griner was detained in Russia for allegedly possessing vape cartridges containing oils derived from cannabis.
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