Joey Reed, the father of Trevor Reed who was jailed in Russia for over two years called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), saying that he did nothing to help the family even after multiple attempts to reach out to him.

“He didn’t do anything,” Reed said referring to Cruz in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. “He’s an embarrassment to the state of Texas, let me just say that. I don’t care what or who runs against him, I will work for their campaign to defeat that son of a b—h.”

The family was allegedly told by a Cruz staffer that Cruz couldn’t do anything to help because his strained relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin would only make matters worse.

Reed was arrested in 2019 for assaulting a police officer, even though there was little to no evidence that he did. He was able to come home as part of a prisoner swap at the end of last month.


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Cruz released a statement saying he believed it better to work behind the scenes than to show vocal support for the family and Trevor Reed.

“I would have eagerly taken a public role loudly calling for Trevor’s release, but I believed that the best way for me to help was to vigorously press the Administration behind the scenes and work through the State Department to bring Trevor home as soon as possible,” Cruz said in a statement.

Reed thanked President Joe Biden and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) for their work in returning his son home.

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