US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Paul Whelan After Days Without Contact

The White House expressed concern on Wednesday about Paul Whelan, a former U.S. marine detained in Russia, after his family said they went several days without hearing from him.

“Our embassy in Moscow has been working to understand exactly Paul’s condition and why his family hasn’t heard from him,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

“It is a concern. We’re all worried, very much worried about Paul and about Brittney Griner as well. As we have said repeatedly, they shouldn’t be detained in the first place,” she added, referring to the WNBA basketball player who has been detained since February.

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