The family of an American detained in Russia spoke with President Joe Biden on Tuesday shortly after waving at the President’s passing motorcade in Fort Worth, Texas, the family said.
Joey and Paula Reed, the parents of former US Marine Trevor Reed, stood for hours in the cold weather in Fort Worth, holding a sign about their son and waiting for Biden’s motorcade to pass by in the hopes that President would stop to speak with them. The Reed family’s attempt to set up a meeting with Biden ahead of the visit was declined, they said.
Reed’s family stood near the road waving as Biden’s motorcade passed by before the President’s speech. Paula Reed, Trevor’s mother, said she saw Biden acknowledge her from his vehicle.
“That was the whole purpose of coming out here, to get his attention,” she said, saying it was “absolutely” worth it.
After the speech, reporters — including a CNN producer — at the scene with the Reed family could hear the President’s voice on the cell phone’s speaker when he called. CNN has reached out to the White House for more information about the call.
“I just can’t imagine what you’re going through,” Biden could be heard saying during the call. “I don’t want you to think that it’s not something I constantly think about.”
The Reeds grew emotional and stepped away from reporters for the remainder of the conversation with the President, but Paula Reed shared with reporters details of the call after it had ended. She said Biden told them he felt terrible he couldn’t meet with them while he was in Texas and promised his scheduler would make an appointment for the family to meet with him in Washington.
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SOURCE: CNN, Maegan Vazquez, Ashley Killough, Ed Lavandera and Raja Razek