Former President Donald Trump blasted the proposed plan to swap WNBA player Brittney Griner with imprisoned Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, calling her a “potentially spoiled person.”
Last week, reports surfaced that the Biden administration offered the Kremlin convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who had been sentenced to 25 years in U.S. prison, in exchange for Griner and corporate security executive Paul Whelan, who had been imprisoned in Russia for alleged espionage that he denies.
John Kirby, a White House national security spokesman, told reporters that President Joe Biden personally signed off on the deal to free Griner and Whelan. “The president and his team are willing to take extraordinary steps to bring them home,” said Kirby. Read more…