Trump Pushed for Release of American Pastor During Meeting With Turkey President, Source Says

President Donald Trump made imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson a topic of discussion during his meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, a source with inside knowledge of the discussions told The Christian Post. Trump met face-to-face with Erdogan for the first time at the White House on Tuesday. Even though Brunson’s name was not mentioned in the public remarks issued by the presidents, the source told CP that Trump and

Vice President Mike Pence brought up the plight of the North Carolina pastor at least three times in different meetings with the Turkish president throughout the day. Brunson, who has served in Turkey for the last 23 years, was arrested on trumped-up terrorism charges and jailed last October. Earlier this year, he met with U.S. Embassy officials while in prison and called on Trump to fight for his release. Additionally, Brunson’s wife, Norine, met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when he traveled to Ankara in March. READ MORE