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Biden and Harris speak with Brittney Griner’s wife

Biden has also written a letter in response to Brittney Griner’s handwritten letter, which he shared with her wife during the call.

“The President called Cherelle to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible, as well as the release of Paul Whelan and other US nationals who are wrongfully detained or held hostage in Russia and around the world. He also read her a draft of the letter the President is sending to Brittney Griner today,” the White House said.

Griner wrote in a letter delivered to Biden on Monday that she is afraid that she could be detained in Russia indefinitely.

“As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I’m terrified I might be here forever,” an excerpt of the letter obtained by CNN earlier this week said.

She asked Biden not to “forget about me and the other American Detainees.”

The White House said Biden “offered his support to Cherelle and Brittney’s family, and he committed to ensuring they are provided with all possible assistance while his administration pursues every avenue to bring Brittney home.”

Biden also directed his team to remain in “regular contact” with Cherelle and Brittney Griner’s family.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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