After Reed’s release, families of other prisoners are calling on the Biden administration to do the same for them | WDVM25 and DCW50

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — The surprise prisoner exchange that led to the release of Trevor Reed from Russia last week has given hope to the families of other captives. These families gathered outside the White House on Wednesday, calling on the Biden administration to do more to bring their loved ones home.

“He’s recovering at Fort Sam Houston,” said Joey Reed, Trevor’s father.

Joey said it has been a week since he welcomed his son to Texas after nearly three years in detention in Russia.

“He wanted to be here today,” Joey said. “He is extremely upset with Paul Whelan, another sailor who has been left behind.”

Joey joined Whelan’s sister Elizabeth and the families of more than nine other American captives outside the White House.

“I call on the administration to meet with all of us, use all the tools at their disposal, and reunite our families,” Elizabeth said.

In 2018, Whelan was detained in Russia for espionage. Elizabeth said her brother’s health was getting worse day by day.

“He survives in a forced labor camp in the middle of nowhere in Russia,” Elizabeth said.

“Barely getting adequate food – often put in solitary confinement,” she continued.

Elizabeth hopes Trevor’s release will bring attention to all other Americans imprisoned abroad, including WNBA star Brittney Griner, who the US now classifies as ‘wrongfully detained’ by the Russian government .

“The President’s Special Envoy for Hostage Affairs, Ambassador Carstens, he will go anywhere. He will talk to anyone if it means we can go home with an American,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

Price said Whelan and Griner’s cases remain a top priority. The United States is actively negotiating their safe return.

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