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Washington, DC – In response to comments made by Vladimir Putin this morning on NBC’s “Today Show” about Trevor Reed, a Texan and former U.S. Marine currently being held as a political pawn in Russia, House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul has released the following statement.

“Trevor Reed is a former Eagle Scout and U.S. Marine who is being held as a political pawn by the corrupt Putin regime – not a ‘troublemaker.’ Putin’s glib and dismissive lies about Trevor only further demonstrate the crimes he’s been charged with are absolutely ridiculous and politically motivated. I once again call on President Biden to insist on the release of both Trevor Reed and Paul Whelan as a pre-condition of his meeting this week with Putin. These two Americans deserve to come home to their families.”