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President Trump Celebrates After Securing Release of Imprisoned American Pastor

Andrew Brunson, a U.S. pastor imprisoned in Turkey for years, has been released and will return home following negotiations with senior officials in the Trump administration.

Brunson had been imprisoned over unproven terror-related charges, while the White House has worked vigorously for his release. He had been placed under house arrest where he could have spent his life. Instead, Brunson is expected to touch down on American soil in 48 hours.

A statement from his lawyer thanked the President and other officials involved in the negotiations.

“We’re grateful to the president, members of Congress and diplomatic leaders who continued to put pressure on Turkey to secure the freedom of Pastor Brunson,” Jay Sekulow stated.

On Friday morning, Trump tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with Pastor Brunson, and we hope to have him safely back home soon!”

He celebrated all-caps style shortly thereafter …

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“I’ve got to thank President Trump,” Senator Thom Tillis said. “He was the, I think, MVP in helping us get Pastor Brunson released.”

In July, the President took to social media to put pressure on Turkey to release Brunson.

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In August, he announced economic sanctions against the NATO ally.

The following month, during a gathering of world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton pushed negotiations further.

Multiple officials report that Brunson’s release came as the result of a “secret deal,” meaning certain charges would be dropped against Brunson while the U.S. will agree to ease economic pressure.

In other words, President Trump announced that Brunson’s imprisonment was a disgrace, implemented economic sanctions, asked if they wanted to talk, and watched as Turkey very swiftly cried ‘Uncle!’

And he didn’t even have to send them pallets of cash or access to our financial systems.

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Freeing hostages has been a focus for President Trump and his administration since he took office. He has had markedly better success than his predecessor in this department.

In May, thanks to his hardball negotiating style, Trump saw North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un release three Americans that were imprisoned in his rogue country.

Last year, an American woman, her Canadian husband, and their three young children all born in captivity, were released from a Taliban-linked group in Pakistan.

And a report from GQ on the Otto Warmbier case indicated that upon hearing of the young American’s condition, the President dispatched a plane to North Korea without bothering to ask them permission.

His style – fire and fury – is unmatched. Nor is his success.

“The world is starting to respect us again,” Trump once boasted. “Believe me.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • President Trump Celebrates After Securing Release of Imprisoned American Pastor

    The President wins again! Great. Word has it, Chuck Schumer assumed his traditional childish tantrum position on his office floor pounding it with his fists crying out "Oh, woe is me! Trump won again! I can't stand it! He keeps winning!" Buck up, Chuck, Trump will be gone in 2024.

  • I am so thankful to read this. Now, If they could get Asia Bibi released, before she is hanged for offering a Muslim woman a drink!

  • So just how soon will it be before some dude thinks he can persuade Muslims to be Christian and get locked up and want Americas help getting them out of their self-inflicted jam.

  • it's amazing how President Trump can get things done...this man sat in prison on Ovomits' watch and he did NOTHING...wake up America; we now have a President who LOVES his country...

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