Freed US Pastor Lands in Germany, Greets Ambassador Grenell – Kisses American Flag
Earlier today US Pastor Andrew Brunson was released after spending two years imprisoned in Turkey.
Pastor Brunson was on house arrest following his release from prison and was unable to return to the United States. He had been living in Turkey and was working for the small Izmir Resurrection Church when he was arrested over his ties to various political groups following the failed 2016 coup attempt.
In order to secure the pastor’s release, the Trump administration had imposed sanctions on two Turkish officials who were linked to the arrest and detention and employed other various economic actions on the Turkish government.
Tonight Pastor Brunson landed in Germany.
Ambassador Richard Grenell was there to greet him.
Ambassador Grenell offered Pastor Brunson an American flag.
Brunson immediately took the flag and kissed it.
Pastor Brunson and his wife will fly on home to America today.
PASTOR BRUNSON JUST RELEASED. WILL BE HOME SOON!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2018
Pastor Brunson is finally coming home to America, following a long ordeal for the pastor and his family. We hope that the Turkish government will quickly release our other detained U.S. citizens and @StateDept locally employed staff.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) October 12, 2018
I welcomed Pastor Brunson & his wife to Germany on their refueling stop. He’s almost home thanks to @realDonaldTrump.
When I presented him with the US flag, he immediately kissed it. #agratefulnation pic.twitter.com/b82gA7PXVr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 13, 2018