White House press secretary Jen Psaki called on Russia to release two Americans who are imprisoned in Russia.
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Psaki was asked about the U.S. relationship with Russia and she said she’d use the opportunity to call on Russia to “swiftly release both Mr. (Trevor) Reed and Paul Whelan.”
“Doing so on the heels of extending New START would demonstrate Russia is ready to move past intractable issues within the … bilateral relationship,” she said.
Psaki was referring to U.S. Marine Trevor Reed and Michigan corporate executive Paul Whelan, both of whom have been detained by Moscow.
Psaki said President Joe Biden will not “hold back” in his dealings with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
The press secretary was also asked about the Canadian government’s designation of the Proud Boys group as a terrorist entity, following the group’s pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Psaki said there is a review underway within the Biden administration to look at whether similar actions will be taken in the U.S.
Psaki also affirmed the the Space Force has “the full support of the Biden administration,” insisting the White House is not looking to revisit the decision to establish the force.