President Trump Takes Drastic Action To Defend Pastor

President Trump has taken bold action in defense of a pastor detained in Turkey. Fox News reports:

The Trump administration on Wednesday sanctioned top Turkish officials over the country’s detention of American pastor Andrew Craig Brunson.

The Treasury Department sanctions, first announced by the White House, target Turkey’s minister of justice and minister of interior over the holding of the 50-year-old pastor.

“Pastor Brunson’s unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately.”

The administration said the two sanctioned officials — Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu — both played leading roles in the organizations responsible for Brunson’s arrest and detention. The sanctions effectively block any property or interest in property controlled by them in the U.S., and bar Americans from engaging in transactions with them.

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This is a major move in defense of religious liberty worldwide.

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Carolyn Acheson
Carolyn Acheson
4 years ago

Thanks for our President for intervening in this atrocity.

Bill Williams
Bill Williams
4 years ago

We are indeed fortunate to have a President with courage to do the right thing. Damn these people that think they can run over America and do what what they please with our citizens for no good reason. Tighten vise on these thugs please Mr. President.

Miguel m Azar
Miguel m Azar
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill Williams

Bill: you wrote an extremely pertinent message. Not only timely but detects an offensive move to protect potential victims.

Mitchell Darby
Mitchell Darby
4 years ago

M A G A !!!

Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
4 years ago

Hooray, Mr. President. Keep them on their toes. If they don’t release the Pastor then it’s time for some more drastic measures. These countries truly need to learn that the old namby pamby Obama days of saying one thing and doing another are gone. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he follows through on what he says. Most of this nation has your back Mr. President. It’s just too bad that it’s the liberal idiots who get the most press time. Don’t listen to them. The TRUE Americans of this nation want you to be tough. God bless you and the work you are doing to make America great again.

Howard Baer
Howard Baer
4 years ago

It is nice to have a president with the guts to do what is right no matter what it takes.

Andy
Andy
4 years ago

Since the pastor in out of prison , sea team 6 should go into action !

Robert Kahlcke
Robert Kahlcke
4 years ago

Perhaps it’s time to swap Gulen for the Pastor.
Gulen, is an Islamic swine that Pennsylvania would like to get rid of.

annoynous
annoynous
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Kahlcke

Let’s swipe Muller instead

annoynous
annoynous
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Kahlcke

Let’s swap Muller instead

gerald m serlin
gerald m serlin
4 years ago
Reply to  Robert Kahlcke

I live in Pennsylvania. I have not heard that Pennsylvania wants to get rid of the Imam. In fact, Pennsylvania should be proud to house the Imam , as he is a good guy.

Had E. Nuff
Had E. Nuff
4 years ago

OK, tent head!

Courtenay Smith
Courtenay Smith
4 years ago
Reply to  Had E. Nuff

And the intellectuals chirp up.

Frank Roza III
Frank Roza III
4 years ago

How about swapping Maxine Waters for the Pastor!A win win at the least!

Jeffrey Cutlip
Jeffrey Cutlip
4 years ago

I say to President Trump…….THANK YOU FOR STICKING UP FOR AMERICA. ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME SOMEONE DID IT.

Ingrid Forsberg
Ingrid Forsberg
4 years ago

God will bless President Trump for this. Wait, watch & see. Finally, a POTUS who will stick up strongly for religious liberty.

Edward Hesson
Edward Hesson
4 years ago

Pastor Brunson, who is a U.S. citizen, has been living in Turkey for 23 years, running a Christian church with the full knowledge of local authorities. This shows the vitriolic side of Islam. The arrangement that has been good for 23 years is suddenly, without notice, null and void. Muslim governments are not trustworthy.

kurien
kurien
4 years ago

Yes….There is a DRASTIC , but, very EFFECTIVE STEP, THAT AMERICA CAN TAKE.
First…..Ask All Americans, to immediately, get out of Turkey…….then,
PLACE A HOUSE ARREST ON ALL TURKISH DIPLOMATS, IN THE US…IMMEDIATELY, until, the Pastor is RELEASED….. Then they will know, AMERICA VALUES EVERY LEGAL CITIZEN…..PERIOD.

Keith D
Keith D
4 years ago

I think it is way past time we had a US President that actually put America first. The decades of bending over and PAYING for PHONY FRIENDS then BOWING to them IS OVER!!! THOSE THAT HAVE OTHER IDEAS NEED TO VACA IN CUBA without their credit cards and cash to live the way they THINK WE SHOULD! I wonder if we could send them Farrakhan for this pastor???

Jerry Bresser
Jerry Bresser
4 years ago

To your Headline writer: Please tone down you hype. You can do better.
President Trump took BOLD action, as the copy body said, not DRASTIC action as your headline states.
Thesaurus: Drastic = radical, severe, extreme, dire, sweeping, harsh, desperate. President Trump’s action was none of these

Larry
Larry
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Bresser

It is the way the news media Brainwash the public.

Pat Danner
Pat Danner
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Bresser

thank you, we agree with you, so sick of the news media trying to make our President out to be mean, he’s just doing his job and doing it well !!!

ME White
ME White
4 years ago
Reply to  Jerry Bresser

If you lived in the shoes of those 2 Turks you might think it was drastic!!!

Larry
Larry
4 years ago

Obama had no American Pride. Why, because he was not an American. Obama told us to ‘GET OVER YOUR RELIGION”. Do you remember? He would have left his man to die in Turkey. Finally, we have a real President that cares.

Martin Korab
Martin Korab
4 years ago

We Americans are so fortunate to have a president that will do the right thing. We must remember that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for communism and socialism. This is the sick party which shall be known as the Democratic Communist Party. They will say or do anything to obstruct President Trump and his Administration. No matter what good President Trump does, they are against all of his great accomplishments. Vote Republican so the DCP cannot erase all the good that President Trump has accomplished. GO TRUMP ! GO PENCE ! Sincerely, Martin Korab

Edward David Cohen
Edward David Cohen
4 years ago

We have an outstanding President and I only hope the people support him on the upcoming midterms and maybe rid our party of RINO’s.

Larry
Larry
4 years ago

why didn’t you let my comment post????

Mrs Jensen
Mrs Jensen
4 years ago

We need to keep this President in our prayers for all the good he is doing and NOT getting any kudos for. We are so blessed to have a leader who is finally doing something to put America first!!! yeah!

dprato
dprato
4 years ago

Cut all econmic ties with Turkey including military aid until the let him go.

Isaac
Isaac
4 years ago

These two thugs are no doubt siphoning off their share of our foreign aid – as is the practice in most third world countries, where only the privileged benefit. I agree, cut off all aid and leave it off then perhaps the rest of the tyrants in this world will get the message: Don’t mess with Donald Trump.

Pedro Colussi
Pedro Colussi
4 years ago

Our Great President Mr TRUMP is been attacked by All forces of evil in the camp of the demonRats . But We the Deplorables have the Big gun , “PRAYING” . I am asking to all of You to constantly talk to & pray to GOD the Father & Jesus the Son to protect & guide our President .
Lets do it to MAGA , & vote TRUMP’s type of Republicans everywhere all the time except paul ryan & mitch mcconnell .
mueller is not only corrupt , evil & traitor , he’s a thief , he’s after the money he’s cashing in & will streach it as long as he can .
Mr Sessions why are You NOT doing your job & fire rosenstein & mueller & all the other creepy crooks .

Roger
Roger
4 years ago

President Trump did more for America and the American people in one year than the previous three presidents did in 24 years!
Donald Trump is my AMAZING PRESIDENT and like he promised, president for all AMERICANS! President Trump is the best president ever and the most brilliant leader in the history of the world!
Keep America Great! Greater than ever before! AMERICA and AMERICANS FIRST!
Actions speak louder than words and President Trump’s actions speaks volumes for America and the American people!

Donald Trump overcame adversity never before seen in the history of an American Presidential election and no one is going to stop him!
President Trump is so right so often about so much, that it is unbelievable! He is an unstoppable genius!
Sixteen Republican challengers couldn’t stop Donald Trump, the Democrats couldn’t stop him, adversaries in his own party couldn’t stop him, the lying liberal media couldn’t stop him, the thug protesters hired by the Democrats to disrupt his rallies couldn’t stop him, crooked Hillary, despite her underhanded cheating and attempt to rig the election with the help of then President Obama, the DOJ (Loretta Lynch) and the FBI (James Comey) couldn’t stop him, so why are so many wasting their time? He won’t be stopped! Trump/Pence 2020!

Nathan Bryant
Nathan Bryant
4 years ago

If the pastor is not released in a week. President Trump needs to sanction 4 more. Then double the number each week.

Steven Fuyer, San Jose CA
Steven Fuyer, San Jose CA
4 years ago

Dear President Trump thank you for standing up against the Ullahuf**kbars and their islamist terror. Turkey is one of the biggest terrorist heaven for extremists and we must not tolerate it.

miele covetta
miele covetta
4 years ago

Thank God for President Trump as I appreciate and highly respect you.

James Johnson
James Johnson
4 years ago

President Trump, has been the only president to have the back bone to stand up for America and Americans to the injustices to our people all over the world. He is a better president than Obama and a lot of others. The Democrats have lost their minds with the HATE AND RACIST AGAINST TRUMP SUPPORTERS, IT IS A SAD DAY THAT TRUMP S SUPPORTERS CAN’T FEEL SAFE IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. THAN TO HAVE SOME ASSHOLE TRYING TO HURT THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Mathew Mok
Mathew Mok
4 years ago

Who WHAT where when and WHY?

This “journalist” must be a harvard graduate.
WHAT was the pastor arrested for?
WHY is the President trying to get hi released?
and while we are at it WHAT are the sanctions? Money? Denying travel? Just what is the skinny here?

Not at against getting the Rev home and there is no doubt in my military mind that if the Prez says the Rev has to be sent home he has to be sent home, but this “news” stinks. Something that would have been in a Jr High School paper ack in the early 60s. And making it worse I am not a writer. If a retires engineer like me sees this it must be REALLY bad!

Gilbert Levy
Gilbert Levy
4 years ago

How about cancelling the F-35 deliveries as a starter to get back the pastor?? I believe that will convince them that we mean business.

Harlon Hensley
Harlon Hensley
4 years ago

This is the first president in the last 50 years that had the testicles to stand up for
one of our citizens abroad that is unduly arrested on bogus charges.

We all (both parties) need to support him when he takes a stand on issues that affects us all.

Harlon Hensley
Harlon Hensley
4 years ago

Thanks president Trump for standing up for what is right.

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