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The threat of sanctions, Pastor Andrew Brunson home?
Sen. Thom Tillis talks about the efforts to restore American pastor imprisoned in Turkey.
The American pastor in prison in Turkey on espionage and terrorism charges has been praised by President Trump on Thursday, calling him “a great patriot hostage” — and said the U.S. would “pay anything for the release of an innocent man.”
Trump in a tweet, condemned the Turkish government for the inclusion of the “advantage” of the United States, and added that the administration would not have to pay for pastor Andrew Brunson ‘ s release, is the American “cut back on the Turkey.”
Turkey uses the United States for many years. You keep our wonderful Christian pastor, I need to ask questions to, our country as a great patriot hostage. We pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on the Turkey!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Trump probably related to the increase of tariffs and sanctions it authorized last week-after the Turkish economy took a tumble.
“I’ve only doubling the duties on steel and aluminum, authorized with regard to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slipping quickly to the bottom against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum 20% steel is now, 50% of the” Trump tweeted Friday. “Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”
The Turkish lira weakened to a value of 4.7 on the dollar to 6.4 dollar on Friday for the first time in the history of the 6 mark break.
FRUSTRATED SUPPORTERS OF THE PASTOR IN TURKEY TO KEEP UP THE PRESSURE
The Trump-government has threatened further sanctions if Turkey released Brunson.
The pastor was arrested in Turkey for 21 months on “terrorism”, accused – suspected links to the banned Gulenist movement, together with the spying allegations. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for the U.S. extradition of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who denies Turkish accusations that he failed 2016 coup.
TRUMP RATES SEND TO OVERTHROW THE ECONOMY OF TURKEY
The US State Department said the claims against Brunson are credible. The pastor faces a prison sentence of up to 35 years sentenced.
National security adviser John Bolton spoke on Monday with Turkish Ambassador to the United States and told him to solve Brunson, U.S. officials said. The administration has threatened further sanctions if Turkey does not fulfill.
Fox News’ Hollie McKay and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.