Pompeo suggests U.S. may lift Turkey sanctions linked to pastor

Now safely in the US pastor Brunson says he may have been ‘one of the most hated men in Turkey

During his meeting with Brunson at the White House on Saturday, Trump said that he expects "great" relations between the United States and Turkey.

In the Oval Office, this Saturday President Trump met with Pastor Andrew Brunson and they prayed together.

The lawyer for USA evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson said on Wednesday he had appealed to a Turkish court against the jail sentence his client received last week for terrorism offences. "And that's especially what we want to emphasize, is our gratefulness, to say we love this country", Brunson said.

After almost two years in confinement in Turkey, American pastor Andrew Brunson joined President Trump in the Oval Office Saturday and, in a powerful moment, kneeled in prayer for him and the country. It was a moment Brunson prayed would happen, he told ABC. 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.

Speaking July 24 at a U.S. State Department conference on religious freedom, Rev. Brunson's daughter, Jacqueline Brunson Furnari, said three trial dates for her father had come and gone, adding she believed it was because "there has not been one witness to produce one shred of evidence" to support the charge.

Trump tells Brunson "we've been negotiating long and hard" for his release and that "we do not pay ransom in this country". As Trump bowed his head, Brunson asked God to "give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him".

"I ask that you'd make him a great blessing to this country and fill him with your wisdom and strength and perseverance", Brunson prayed.


"I ask that you give him perseverance and endurance and courage to stand for truth". I ask that you protect him from slander from enemies, from those who would undermine. May he be a great blessing to our country.

American pastor Andrew Brunson, released Oct. 12 after two years' incarceration in Turkey, prayed for President Donald Trump Oct. 13 at the White House. "And we bless him".

In all, Brunson was held for two years and was convicted and sentenced earlier this month of espionage and aiding terror groups, only to be quickly released on the basis of good behaviour and time served.

They were "shocked, because we had spent twenty-three years working very openly, talking people about Jesus, helping refugees, things like these".

Brunson and his wife moved to Turkey in 1993, following in his missionary parents' footsteps to tend a small church in the coastal city of Izmir.

Prior to his release over the weekend, Brunson's case had created a deep rift in U.S. "I just had the view from the cell", Brunson said.

Brunson had rejected the charges and strongly maintained his innocence.

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