Biden ‘Maybe Save Trevor’s Life’: Ex-Marine Family Speaks 2022-04-29 08:00:52


Reed, a former Marine from Texas, was released this week from a Russian prison.

Trevor Reid’s family said President Joe Biden may have saved their son’s life, and did everything he could to bring Reid home, in their first interview since seeing their son on US soil.

“At the end of the day it was President Biden,” Trevor Reed’s father, Joey Reid, said in an interview Friday on Good Morning America. “We said all the time that if we could just talk to the guy we thought he would make it and that’s exactly what happened. He did everything we said he would do which is great and we can’t thank him enough.”

“We believe he may have saved Trevor’s life,” he added.

It was Reed, a former Marine from Texas Released from Russian prison On Wednesday, as part of an international prisoner exchange between the United States and Russia. He has been detained in Russia since 2019.

Trevor Reed’s family said they met him Thursday for a few hours. His mother, Paula Reed, said it was the first time they hugged him, saying “it was heaven.”

Reeds said they received a phone call early Thursday morning from Roger Carsten, the presidential envoy for hostage affairs, who handed the phone to Trevor Reed, who was on a plane bound for the United States.

Reed was arrested in Russia, while on a trip to visit his girlfriend, after Russian authorities alleged that he grabbed the wheel of a police car and assaulted a police officer while drunk.

Reed denied the allegations and maintained his innocence. A year later, he was sentenced to nine years in prison. After several appeals, he was transferred from a Moscow prison to a remote prison colony.

Red is traded for Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, a convicted drug smuggler.

Red’s parents said their son has a long road to recovery, in Interview with David Muir of ABC News on Wednesday.

He is currently in a medical facility receiving care, but his family did not have a full update on his health on Friday.

“We don’t really have a lot of answers yet. He’s getting tested. He’s in a top-notch medical facility and he’s getting great care, so we’re excited about that but we won’t really know more for a few more,” said Paula Reed.

For years, the Reade family lobbied the United States to negotiate the release of their son, even personally petitioning with Biden.

Other Americans, including Paul Whelan and Britney Greiner, are still being held in Russia.

“Our thoughts are with them and we can only imagine how disappointed they are that their loved ones have not been able to return home,” said Paula Reed.

She added that Whelan’s release was the first thing her son raised when the family spoke.

“He said he wasn’t feeling well and we said, ‘Do you mean physically?’” He said, “No, mom. I freak out that Paul is still there and I’m here.” And he said when I get better, I’m going to start advocating for them to get Paul home right away,” Paula Reed said.