President Biden today met with Joey and Paula Reed, the parents of Trevor Reed, wrongfully detained in Russia. During their meeting, the President reiterated his commitment to continue working to secure the release of Trevor, Paul Whelan and other Americans wrongfully detained in Russia and elsewhere, and to provide all possible assistance until may they and others be free and return home. families who campaign with so much passion for their release. This is the President’s second interaction with the Reeds. On March 8, President Biden spoke to the Reeds by phone while in Texas.

The President’s national security team will remain in regular contact with the Reeds, the Whelan family and other families of Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad. We are grateful for their partnership and feedback. We will continue to work to ensure that we communicate and share information in a way that is helpful to these families.

Previously, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met with the Reed family in a virtual group meeting and then privately in December. He expressed our commitment to bringing Trevor home. We understand the pain felt by all of Trevor’s families and friends enduring the nightmare of his absence, which we are committed to ending.