In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Reed appeared to take aim at a group of House GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, that he said passage of a resolution had slowed over the past year calling for his release was demanded. “I’ll go to every single one of their campaigns and personally thank them for it,” he said.
“How do you justify that? I’m embarrassed that someone representing the United States would vote against something like that. I’m sure the Russians loved that. I’m sure they’re all big fans of all the congressmen who’ve done this,” Reed continued. “This is completely unacceptable to me. It’s embarrassing. And I better not see that ever happen to other Americans again, because I promise I’ll be on every single campaign that person has for the rest of their life to tell everyone they did that.”
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Reed’s father, Joey, expressed frustration with Greene and “her cronies and this little group of idiots.”
Additionally, Joey Reed, a former Marine, told CNN he was also disappointed with how the Marines handled his son’s incarceration.
“We haven’t heard from the Marine Corps. Not a single Marine Corps representative. No Marine Corps groups,” he told Tapper.
The Marines did not address the substance of Joey Reed’s complaint, but told CNN in a statement: “Trevor Reed has served his country with honor as a Marine and we thank him for his service. We are delighted that he has returned home safely and wish him and his family the best when they are reunited.”
Reed was sentenced to nine years in prison in July 2020 after being accused of endangering the “life and health” of Russian police officers in an altercation the previous year. He and his family have denied the allegations against him. Ultimately, Reed was brought back to the United States as part of a prisoner swap in exchange for Konstantin Yaroshenko, a Russian smuggler convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine. The US commuted his sentence.
Officials inside and outside the US government have been working behind the scenes to get Reed released for years. Last month’s exchange, a government official told CNN, was the culmination of “months and months of hard, painstaking work across the US government” that came amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow — exacerbated dramatically by Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine.
“We must do absolutely everything as Americans to stand up for Americans who are illegally held abroad and do everything we can to get them out,” Reed told CNN.