White House says Joe Biden read letter to Brittney Griner, mom about possible talks with WNBA star’s family

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Britney Griner’s safe return home remains a ‘priority’ for President Joe Bidenbut White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was unable to say Tuesday whether the president plans to speak to the WNBA star’s family.

On Monday, Greener sent a letter to the White House pleading with Biden to use his presidency to ensure her safe return, adding that she feared she “could be here forever.”

WNBA star and two-time Olympian Brittney Griner leaves the courtroom after a hearing in Khimki, near Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 27, 2022.

WNBA star and two-time Olympian Brittney Griner leaves the courtroom after a hearing in Khimki, near Moscow, Russia, Monday, June 27, 2022.
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlyanichenko)

Jean-Pierre confirmed during a press briefing Tuesday that the president had read the letter, but declined to comment on whether Biden plans to speak directly to the Griner family.

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“This is an issue that is a priority for this president. As you have heard we have said before, he believes that any U.S. citizen who is held overseas, detained or held hostage abroad, we must return safely, and we are going to use all possible tools to make this happen. Again, this is a priority for the president.”

“I just don’t have anything to say about the kind of communication the President will have with Mrs. Greener and her family,” she later added. “All I can confirm is that he read the letter and considers it his priority.”

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner (center) arrives for a hearing at the Khimki court in the Moscow region on July 1, 2022.

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner (center) arrives for a hearing at the Khimki court in the Moscow region on July 1, 2022.
(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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Jean-Pierre, who confirmed that Griner “wrongly detained,“Said that Griner’s wife and family are in ‘constant communication’ with the White House, most recently with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

“The President will do everything in his power to bring her back home along with other US citizens illegally held on board,” Jean-Pierre said.

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives for a hearing at Khimki Court on July 1, 2022.

WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner arrives for a hearing at Khimki Court on July 1, 2022.
(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

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Greener is in mid-trial that began on Friday to determine her fate. Less than 1% of criminal defendants in Russia are acquitted, and, unlike in US courts, acquittals can be overturned.

Ryan Gaydos of Fox News contributed to this report.