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“I better never see this happen to another American again”


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  • Trevor Reed spoke to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Friday about his release from Russian custody.

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene delayed a vote last year on a resolution calling for Reed’s freedom.

  • Reed slammed Greene, saying the rep was “embarrassing.”

Trevor Reed, a U.S. Marine recently released from Russian custody after spending nearly 1,000 days in the country, criticized Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for obstructing a vote on a resolution calling for his release.

“I thank them for voting against a bill that was only meant to get American political prisoners out of Russia,” Reed said sarcastically during a CNN interview with Jake Tapper.

The resolution, H. Res. 186, was filed in March 2021, days before Reed’s hearing in Russian courts. However, Greene, in protest of President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus package, called for roll-call votes, which delayed voting on Reed’s resolution.

“How do you justify that? It’s embarrassing to me that anyone representing the United States would vote against something… like that. I’m sure Russians love it. I’m sure, you know, they’re all great. fans of all those congressmen who did this.”

Reed also called the actions “completely unacceptable.”

“And I better never see that happen to other Americans again,” Reed said, “because I promise I’ll be on every campaign this person runs for the rest of their life to tell everyone that she did that.”

Reed’s father, Joey Reed, also took a shot at Greene and called those who voted against the resolution “that little bunch of idiots” and asked if they were “voting for Putin.”

“Marjorie Taylor Greene is not our representative,” Joey Reed said.

The Reeds voiced their criticism. They said the Marine Corps did not push to release their son. They also said they weren’t “grateful” for Sen. Ted Cruz’s lack of assistance.

Trevor Reed was arrested in Moscow in 2019 after being found guilty of attacking Russian police. He reportedly suffered during his time in a Russian prison, including breaking a rib and catching COVID-19.

He was released on April 27 as part of a prisoner exchange between Russia and the United States. Reed was traded for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian pilot convicted of drug trafficking.

Representatives for the Reed family and Marjorie Taylor Greene did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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