President Trump threatens to hit Turkey with sanctions if it doesn’t release Christian pastor imprisoned on false charges

At last we have an American President. The American pastor Andrew Brunson has been in prison in Turkey on terrorism charges that are obviously bogus. The Obama administration, true to form when dealing with Obama’s closest friend among world leaders, the arrogant and bellicose neo-caliph Recep Tayyip Erdogan, did nothing. But now President Trump is moving decisively to secure his freedom. Brunson is from North Carolina. He has been in jail in Turkey since October 2016. He and his wife had lived in Turkey for the last 23 years and were working out of a Christian church in Izmir — that was their real crime, being active Christians in a rapidly re-Islamizing country.

“President Trump threatens to hit Turkey with sanctions if it doesn’t release Christian pastor,” by Mike Ciandella, The Blaze, July 26, 2018 (thanks to RN):

President Donald Trump tweeted on Thursday that the United States would “impose large sanctions” against Turkey for its imprisonment of Christian pastor Andrew Brunson. Vice President Mike Pence made a similar announcement at a religious freedom event earlier in the day….

Trump tweeted that Turkey would face “large” sanctions for its treatment of Brunson, whom he described as “a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being.”

At a State Department-hosted religious freedom event, Pence declared:

To President Erdogan and the Turkish government, I have a message on behalf of the president of the United States of America: release Pastor Andrew Brunson now or be prepared to face the consequences.

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