Former President Donald Trump slammed Thursday the prisoner exchange that freed U.S. women’s basketball star Brittney Griner from a Russian prison, calling it an “unpatriotic embarrassment.”
President Joe Biden signed off on the deal to free Griner, who was sent to a Russian penal colony after being convicted of drug possession in August, for convicted Russian arms trafficker and terrorist Viktor Bout, known as “The Merchant of Death.”
Left behind in Russia was Paul Whelan, a U.S. Marine imprisoned in 2020 on espionage charges. The U.S. considers Whelan wrongfully detained.
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