Politics

FREE BRITTNEY! Biden Blasts Russia, Calls Griner Sentence 'Unacceptable'

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.04.22

President Biden released a statement on Thursday following the Russian sentencing of WNBA star Brittney Griner; she received 9 years for drug possession and drug smuggling.

“Today, American citizen Brittney Griner received a prison sentence that is one more reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittney,” Biden said in a statement.

“It’s unacceptable, and I call on Russia to release her immediately so she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends, and teammates.  My administration will continue to work tirelessly and pursue every possible avenue to bring Brittney and Paul Whelan home safely as soon as possible.”

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Russian media has speculated the trade could be for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer known as the “Merchant of Death,” who is serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S. after being convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and providing aid to a terrorist organization.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed last week that the Biden administration offered a “substantial proposal” for the return of the basketball player and fellow American Paul Whelan.

Blinken said during a press conference that the Biden administration made the proposal weeks ago and is hoping to speak to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for the first time since Feb. 15.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Monday that Russia made a “bad faith” response to the U.S. government’s offer. She did not elaborate.

Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren calls Griner’s situation a “cautionary tale.”

“Brittney Griner is a cautionary tale. Hate America? Think it’s oppressive? Go to another country, play stupid games and find out what oppression and “No justice” looks like. Too bad too sad.”

Outkick contributor David Hookstead says there’s no chance this would have happened under Trump.

“Say whatever you want about Donald Trump, but there’s ZERO chance Brittney Griner would have been sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison if he was President. He had the UCLA basketball players out in a couple days. This is a humiliating look for the USA.”

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