Write For Us

Trump calls for release of U.S. pastor jailed in Turkey


American pastor Andrew Brunson pictured in Izmir, a coastal city of Turkey on May 20, 2017. Brunson was arrested in October 2016 for allegedly aiding a separatist group. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump called for his release. Photo by EPA-EFE/Depo Photos

By Ray Downs, UPI

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the release of an American pastor jailed in Turkey for allegedly aiding terrorist groups.

Trump's comments come hours after a Turkish court ruled that Andrew Brunson, 50, must remain in prison as his trial proceeds. Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, is accused of aiding the the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a militant separatist group.

"Pastor Andrew Brunson, a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States, is on trial and being persecuted in Turkey for no reason," Trump tweeted. "They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is. Hopefully he will be allowed to come home to his beautiful family where he belongs!"

U.S. officials have been working to release Brunson since he was arrested in 2016, following a failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, resulting in more than 50,000 arrests.

"People are deeply concerned and focused and interested in this case," said former senator and governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, who was present in Turkey to attend Brunson's hearing, The New York Times reported. "The administration and the United States cares deeply about our relationship with Turkey. This is a valuable ally of ours and we deeply value our relationship. We want to see this resolved."

Brunson's attorney, Cem Halavurt, said the charges against Brunson are "unfounded" and based on secret informants.

"I've never done anything against Turkey," Brunson said in court. "I love Turkey. I've been praying for Turkey for 25 years. I want truth to come out."

He added: "I talk about Jesus but it is not to support the [Kurdistan Workers' Party]. It is not to convert them to Christianity and be against Turkey. I say the same to Turks. I am not interested in politics. I'm not in favor of separation. I believe in Turkey's integrity. What else can I say?"


Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...


Alabama,1,Arizona,1,Barack,1,California,3,Colorado,1,Connecticut,1,Crime,531,Florida,1,Franc,1,Hawaii,8,Illinois,1,Los Angeles,2,Massachusetts,3,Mississippi,1,New York,130,U.S.,1558,Washington,4,
U.S. - U.S. Daily News: Trump calls for release of U.S. pastor jailed in Turkey
Trump calls for release of U.S. pastor jailed in Turkey
U.S. - U.S. Daily News
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy