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President Joe Biden met with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan on Friday 

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"The president appreciated  the opportunity to learn more about Brittney and Paul from those who love them most, and acknowledged 

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every minute they are being held is a minute too long," the White House said Friday evening. 

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The meetings with Griner’s wife, Cherelle, and Whelan’s sister, Elizabeth, which took place separately, 

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first in person between Biden and the family members, though they have spoken by phone. 

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“Sadly, we don’t have a result here to tell you about, but the president felt it was important to continue 

“We have stayed in touch with them throughout, we have kept them informed throughout, but the negotiations are still ongoing.” 

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The White House has been in talks with Russian officials over the release of the two Americans, 

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Biden said last month that he was hopeful a deal could be made to release Griner. 

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But since then, there have been few signs of progress from the administration.