Freed pastor prays with Donald Trump after return from Turkey

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Andrew Brunson asked God to give the president ‘supernatural wisdom’.

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

Mr Trump and Mr Brunson met together at the White House shortly after Mr Brunson returned to the US.

Mr Brunson told Mr Trump that “you really fought for us”.

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

The pastor was first detained in Turkey in October 2016.

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President Donald Trump prays with American pastor Andrew Brunson (Jacquelyn Martin/PA)

Mr Trump told Mr Brunson “we’ve been negotiating long and hard” for his release and that “we do not pay ransom in this country”.

The 50-year-old says he now plans to spend time with his children and pray about the future.


A Turkish court on Friday convicted Mr Brunson of links to terrorism and sentenced him to just over three years in prison.

But the court released the evangelical pastor because he had already spent nearly two years in detention.

Hours later, Mr Brunson was flown out of Turkey, his home for more than two decades.

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