July 26, 2018 / 3:47 PM / 4 months ago

Trump says U.S. to sanction Turkey, urges pastor's immediate release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said the United States would impose significant sanctions on Turkey over its detention of American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson and called on Ankara to immediately release him.

“The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!” Trump tweeted.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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