Turkey Frees Pastor Brunson from Jail After US Pressure

by Avi Abelow

“From Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad”. President Trump succeeds in freeing Pastor BRUNSON from Turkish prison after two years of incarceration.

US Threatens Turkey

Back in August, Vice President Vice Pence threatened Turkey with sanctions if it did not free Pastor Brunson.

VP Pence threatens sanctions on Turkey if American Pastor isn’t freed

Turkey was holding Pastor Andrew Brunson, an American citizen, in prison and then house arrest for two years. He was living in Turkey for more than 20 years with his family. He was then basically taken hostage by the Turkish government. Turkish police arrested the Pastor in 2016, during the tenure of the Obama administration. Essentially, Turkey imprisoned him for spreading Christianity. They didn’t even charge him for more than a year.

Big day! Pastor Andrew Brunson, who could have spent 35 years in a Turkish prison, was returned safely home to his family today. Met in Oval Office, great people! Then off to Kentucky for a Rally for Congressman Andy Barr. Tremendous crowd & spirit! Just returned to White House.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2018

Basically, Turkey was holding an innocent man in prison. This is yet another sign of the anti-freedom and anti-democratic Turkish regime under Erdogan.

President Trump vs. Obama

While President Obama was extremely friendly with Turkish leader Erdogan, Obama either didn’t do anything to help free Pastor Brunson, or didn’t do enough. Yet, President Trump made it a priority to free this American Pastor even threating sanctions. It was inconceivable to him for an allied government to hold an American citizen hostage.

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