President Trump has send a clear message to Islamist Trukey. The Daily Wire reports:
On Thursday, President Donald Trump added pressure on Turkey to release U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson, threatening to impose “large sanctions” on the country.
Brunson, originally from North Carolina, was accused of supporting PKK Kurdish militants and assisting a Pennsylvania-based cleric Turkish officials say was the mastermind behind an attempted 2016 coup against Turkish President TayyipErdogan, notes Reuters. The pastor, who claims he is innocent, is facing 35 years behind bars if found guilty.
Trump and other administration officials say there is no evidence to support the espionage charges.
Hours before President Trump sent the tweet via Air Force One, Vice President Pence threatened similar action if Turkey does not move to free Brunson immediately. “The United States of America will impose significant sanctions on Turkey,” warned Pence, speaking at a Washington conference on religious freedom, according to a report from The Associated Press.