President Joe Biden will meet Friday with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan as the White House continues to push for their release via negotiations for a prisoner swap, said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

The meetings will involve with Griner’s wife, Cherelle and Whelan’s sister, Elizabeth and take place separately. This will be the first face-to-face meeting with Biden and the family members, though Biden spoke to Cherelle Griner by phone in July.

In the meeting scheduled for Friday, Biden will "discuss his continuing commitment to bringing their family members home safely," said Jean-Pierre. "As we have said before, we believe that Russia is wrongfully detaining Brittany and Paul under intolerable circumstances."

Negotiations With Russia Ongoing

The White House has been in …

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