Pompeo suggests US may lift Turkey sanctions linked to pastor

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2018

In the remarks, Mr. Trump said that he feels to be honored to have the company of Brunson is White House and he also thanked the members of Cabinet and the lawmakers for their help in getting Brunson Released.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for State, said: "Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara".

Brunson was accused of terror-related charges and espionage, and faced up to 35 years in jail.

A Turkish court sentenced him to prison Friday, but released him on time served. "And that's especially what we want to emphasize, is our gratefulness, to say we love this country", Brunson said.

After much uncertainty and multiple trials, an American pastor detained in Turkey for two years is beginning to re-adjust to life back in the U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife, Norine, told "CBS This Morning" they will be staying put in the U.S. for now.

Trump thanked the Brunsons for the prayers. Coming on the heels of the confirmation of a conservative justice to the Supreme Court, Brunson's return is likely to leave evangelical Christians feeling good about the president and motivated get to the polls in the November 6 midterm elections.

The North Carolina native left Turkey on Friday for a stop at a US military hospital in Germany before Saturday's meeting with Trump at the White House.

Administration officials cast Brunson's release as vindication of Trump's hard-nosed negotiating stance, saying Turkey tried to set terms for Brunson's release but that Trump was insistent on Brunson's release without conditions. He was taken to a USA military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for a medical checkup.

"Lord God, I ask that you pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him", said the freed pastor. "She [Norinne] was very strong and had to take me through this emotionally and spiritually, she was the only one I could receive truth from".

Evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, who was released from Turkish imprisonment on Friday, spoke to Sean Hannity on Tuesday night about his detention and his meeting with President Trump. I ask that you to protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. "And we bless him".

Rev. Brunson, who had been held without charges for a year, was convicted October 12 on a charge of aiding terrorism and sentenced to time served. Make him be a great blessing to our country. "In Jesus' name we bless you".

Brunson had rejected the charges and strongly maintained his innocence. "And I think that even though whatever reason the Turkish government was holding us for, I believe that God was involved in this for us because I think of millions of people who prayed for Turkey during that time".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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