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Update: American pastor Andrew Brunson, recently freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey, asked God for “supernatural wisdom” for President Donald Trump.

Trump and Brunson met Saturday at the White House shortly after Brunson returned to the U.S. Brunson told Trump that “you really fought for us.”

Brunson also joked that he filed an absentee ballot from detention after Trump asked Brunson’s wife, Norine, who she voted for in 2016.

The pastor was first detained in Turkey in October 2016. The 50-year-old North Carolina native, who flew out of Turkey on Friday, said he now plans to spend time with his children and


A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson from house arrest, a move that will end his 24-month imprisonment, allow him to fly home, and that signaled a truce of sorts in a heated diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the United States.

Mr. Brunson was sentenced to three years, one month and 15 days in prison, but the judge lifted all judicial controls — including a ban on travel — making him free to leave the country immediately, because of a reduction for good behavior and in view of time served.

The Trump administration had pressed hard for the release of Mr. Brunson, an evangelical pastor who runs the small Resurrection Church in Izmir. He was one of two dozen Americans detained in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016 and was charged with aiding terrorist groups and espionage, charges he denies.

New York Times

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