President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence threatened Thursday to impose “large sanctions” on its NATO ally Turkey if that country does not release an American pastor currently under house arrest.
“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,” tweeted Trump.
“He is suffering greatly,” Trump added. “This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!”
Brunson, an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor from North Carolina, was arrested in 2016 during a government crackdown on journalists, academics, and Christian minorities, that followed an attempted coup.
He was released on house arrest Wednesday and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.