October 12, 2018 / 1:57 PM / 5 days ago

Trump says hopes to have U.S. pastor Brunson home soon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday said he hoped U.S. Christian pastor Andrew Brunson would be home safe soon, shortly after a Turkish court ruled to release him after a two-year detention.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

A Turkish court passed a 3-year and 1-1/2 month sentence on Brunson, who had been charged with terrorism offenses, but said he would not serve any further time because he had already been detained since October 2016.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Alistair Bell

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