Former President Donald Trump Was “not particularly interested” in freeing former Marine Paul Whelan was released from a Russian prison during his time in office, according to a former White House official of national security. This was after incendiary complaints. Trump that more hasn’t been done for Whelan.

“I also have to say here that President Trump wasn’t especially interested in engaging in that swap for also Paul Whelan,” Fiona Hill, a former National Security Council Russia specialist, said in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “He was not particularly interested in Paul’s case in the way that one would have thought he would be.”

Hill claimed that Russian officials had raised the issue of prisoner swaps several times. “had every intent” Trade Americans wrongly detained abroad for U.S. citizens

These people “were there for pretty good reasons.” These included Viktor Bout (Russian arms dealer), who was traded last week to Brittney Griner (WNBA player) and Yaroshenko (drug smuggler), which was exchanged last April for Marine Trevor Reed.

Whelan, who the U.S. says has been wrongfully imprisoned in Russia since 2018 on espionage charges, was notably not included in last week’s prisoner swap.

Trump, responding to news of Whelan’s ongoing incarceration, called the swap “a stupid and unpatriotic embarrassment for the USA!”

“Why wasn’t former Marine Paul Whelan included in this totally one-sided transaction?” he said in an online statement that criticized Griner’s release, citing her past advocacy against police brutality and racial injustice. “He would have been let out for the asking.”

Paul Whelan, still imprisoned in Russia for his espionage charges, is seen holding a protest sign. Whelan’s relatives have said that Donald Trump is the former President. Trump His release was not secured by him.

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Whelan’s brother, David Whelan, fired back at TrumpHowever, you can say Trump didn’t care about his brother’s wrongful detention in the least bit while in office.

Trump “appears to have mentioned my brother #PaulWhelan’s wrongful detention more in the last 24 hours than he did in the 2 years of his presidency in which Paul was held hostage by #Russia (zero). I don’t suggest he cares now any more than he did then (zero),” He tweeted Friday.

Reed, who spent nearly three decades in Russian prisons has previously stated that Trump did nothing to help secure his release or Whelan’s.

“Whelan went to prison when Trump was president and his administration did nothing. I also went to prison when Trump was president and he also did nothing,” Reed posted on Facebook last summer. He posted similar Comments on Twitter. He did not respond to The Sunday Review’s request for comment on Whelan’s release.

WNBA player Brittney Griner was traded last week for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Both are seen in images released by Russian news media during their swap.
Brittney Griner, WNBA player, was traded last week to Viktor Bout, Russian arms dealer. Images of both are released by Russian news media during the swap.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that securing Whelan’s release remains a priority and that the swap for Griner “was not a choice about which American to bring home.”

“For totally illegitimate reasons, Russia has treated Paul’s case different from Brittney’s,” He said.

Whelan spoke to CNN via a Russian labor camp and said that he was also told that Reed and Griner were higher than him for his spying charges.

He said that he was still surprised by the outcome. “greatly disappointed” that he wasn’t also released.