Pence: U.S. Will Sanction Turkey Unless American Pastor Released Pence: U.S. Will Sanction Turkey Unless American Pastor Released – NTK Network

Pence: U.S. Will Sanction Turkey Unless American Pastor Released

The vice president promised that the Trump administration will protect the rights of oppressed Americans, even if it means alienating U.S. allies.

By NTK Staff | 07.26.2018 @10:59am

Vice President Mike Pence told a religious freedom conference at the Department of State on Thursday that the United States will slap sanctions on NATO ally Turkey, if the Islamic country does not release an American pastor from captivity.

Turkey released Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison on Wednesday, only to then confine the American to house arrest. The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrested Brunson in a series of mass detentions following a failed coup in the country in 2016.

Their continued prosecution of Brunson for alleged “espionage” prompted the Trump administration to break out the threat of sanctions for a NATO ally.

“If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Brunson is free,” Pence told the crowd.

“Yesterday, Turkey released Pastor Brunson from prison only to place him under house arrest,” the vice president said “This is a welcome first step, but it is not good enough.”

With the pastor’s daughter in the audience, Pence promised that the Trump administration will continue to work to free Brunson from Turkish detention.

In a tweet last week, President Trump called it a “total disgrace” that Turkey is refusing to release the pastor.

Now the Trump administration, with strong rhetoric from the vice president, appears ready to turn words into actions.

As the United States works to free the pastor, Pence requested that Americans pray for the pastor in his time of need.

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