Brittney Griner’s wife invites President Biden to meet with her and her family

Written by Javed Iqbal

In an interview with MSNBC, Cherelle said she has “asked” and “requested” to speak to the president, but had not heard back due to growing calls for the couple to meet.

“At this point, it almost feels like you know they’re indirectly saying ‘no’ to me,” she said Wednesday.

“It almost feels as if they have indirectly told us as a family that they will not meet with us despite everyone saying when I talk to people: ‘BG is a top priority. We know she is wrongfully detained. “We do it. Everything.”

“But the people who have the highest power, they have not spoken to me and my family.”

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CNN reported Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to a senior State Department official, spoke with Cherelle Griner one-on-one Wednesday.

The official did not give further details about the call, which came after a mistake in the State Department had made the couple unable to speak on their anniversary.

“I have been able to speak with Minister Blinken inside the White House,” Cherelle added.

“I have been able to speak to some people from the SPEHA department,” referring to the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.

“But the person in power, you know, the Biden administration itself, like President Biden, Vice President Harris, I have not spoken to them.”

Brittney Griner, 31, has been detained in Russia since February on drug smuggling charges and has been officially classified as “wrongfully detained,” a State Department official told CNN in May.

She will remain in Russian custody until at least July 2, after a Russian court extended her remand in custody, the Russian state news agency Tass reported last week.

Cherelle says she has not spoken to her wife since Feb. 17.

Griner’s agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, supported calls for the president to meet with the family.

“If #BrittneyGriner is a priority, @POTUS will meet with Brittney’s family and this administration will do whatever it takes to get her home quickly and safely,” Kagawa Colas tweeted Tuesday.

“Every day is precious and another should not go without the necessary action to bring BG home.”

A State Department spokesman recently told CNN that the department “has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad.”

“We remain in regular contact with the families of those held hostage or wrongfully detained; we are grateful for their partnership and feedback; and we continue to work to ensure that we communicate and share information in a way that is helpful. for our families, “the spokesman said.

Laughing poses for photographs with his gold medal during Tokyo 2020.

That comes when Brittney was named an honorary WNBA All-Star game starter this week.

“During every season of Brittney’s career where there has been an All-Star game, she has been selected as an All-Star,” League Commissioner Kathy Englebert said in a statement on Wednesday.

“It’s not hard to imagine that if BG were here with us this season, she would be selected again and no doubt show off her incredible talents. So it’s only fitting that she be named honorary starter today. And we continues to work on her safe return to the United States. “

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Match is scheduled to take place on July 10 in Chicago.

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