‘ He said, ‘I feel awful to be in the house and not have pee here. ‘ He said, ‘I don’t understand why I’m here nor Paul.’ He said, ‘I’m not feeling well now, but as soon as I get better, I’ll get Paul home.’
Whelan, a US citizen and former Marine Corps commander, was arrested in Moscow on espionage charges in 2018 and subsequently sentenced to 16 years in prison in a trial that US officials denounced as unfair.
After Red’s release, Whelan also wondered why he wasn’t included in the prisoner exchange.
Whelan, who is also a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada, said in the case of a statement to his parents and a post to CNN. “The world knows this charge was trumped up. Why hasn’t more been done to secure my release?”
Red Tapper’s family told that Trevor asked members of Russia’s security agency FSB, who took him to a prisoner exchange site with Russian Konstantin Yaroshenko Thursday, about Whelan’s situation. His father, Joey Reed, said, “He said, ‘Where are the other Americans?’” And they said, ‘Just you. “
Now in the United States, Paula Reed said her son “appears to be getting a little better every day.”
“I think he’s settling in, and we had a great time visiting him yesterday,” she said. “And at the end of the visit, he was more like him, telling us stories, and making us laugh.”
On Friday, the Reed family said that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told them in a virtual meeting that he was working to “bring others home”.
State Department spokesman Ned Price told CNN reporter Jim Sioto on Wednesday that the cases of Greiner and Whelan remain a top US priority.
After Reade’s release, President Joe Biden said in a statement, “The negotiations that allowed us to bring Trevor home required difficult decisions that I do not take lightly. His safe return is a testament to the priority that my administration places on bringing home the Americans held hostage and unjustly held abroad.”
The president said his administration “will not stop” until Whelan and other detained Americans are brought home.
CNN’s Andy Rose contributed to this report.