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Donald Trump has threatened to sanction Turkey over the detention
of American pastor Andrew Brunson

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  • President Donald Trump says the US will hit Turkey with
    “large sanctions” over a American pastor detained on terror and
    espionage charges.
  • He called for the pastor’s immediate release.

  • Andrew Brunson, 50, an evangelical Christian
    pastor originally from North Carolina, was let out of jail
    Wednesday, after 1.5 years, to serve house
    arrest.


  • The Turkish government accuses of him of helping
    orchestrate a 2016 attempted military
    coup. 


President Donald Trump says the US will hit Turkey with “large
sanctions” over a American pastor detained on terror and
espionage charges, and he called for the pastor’s immediate
release.

Tweeting from aboard Air Force One, Trump said: “The United
States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time
detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family
man and wonderful human being.”

Trump said Brunson “is suffering greatly. This innocent man of
faith should be released immediately!”

Just hours earlier, Vice President Mike Pence said that if Turkey
does not take immediate action to free Brunson, “the United
States of America will impose significant sanctions on Turkey.”
Pence spoke at the close of a three-day conference in Washington
on religious freedom.

Brunson, 50, an evangelical
Christian pastor originally from North Carolina, was let out of
jail Wednesday, after 1 1/2 years, to serve house arrest because
of “health problems,” according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news
agency.

The Turkish government accuses that
Brunson of playing a role in the Turkish military’s 2016
attempted coup to overthrow the government, and with being
involved in terrorism. Over 160,000 people, including some
Americans, have

been detained
after the government charged them with helping
orchestrate the coup, according to the UN.

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