August 16, 2018 / 11:43 PM / 10 months ago

Trump says U.S. will not pay Turkey for release of detained American

U..S. President Donald Trump meets with his cabinet at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States “will pay nothing” to Turkey for the release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, who he called “a great patriot hostage.”

“We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!” Trump said on Twitter.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander

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