Soccer star Megan Rapinoe is actively pressing the White House to free Brittney Griner.
According to a report from Politico, Rapinoe spoke to President Biden on the phone about doing more to get Griner freed from Russia. The President reportedly assured Rapinoe that the White House was doing their best to bring Griner home.
When Megan Rapinoe received a call from President Biden letting her know he was awarding her the Medal of Freedom, she used the opportunity to make a private ask: to take more steps to secure Brittney Griner's release from detention in Russia.https://t.co/OR8lmL9oH6
— POLITICO (@politico) August 18, 2022
Multiple people familiar with the matter told West Wing Playbook that Rapinoe also used her call with Biden to raise the issue of Brittney Griner’s detention in Russia, urging him to take more steps to secure her release,” reports Max Tani and Alex Thompson of West Wing Playbook Scoop. “The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the call. One person familiar with the call said Biden assured Rapinoe that his national security team was pursuing every avenue to try to secure her release as quickly as possible, and would continue to support her family.”