Trump wel­comes pas­tor freed by Tur­key to White House

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page -

WASH­ING­TON – Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wel­comed the U.S. re­turn of just-freed Amer­i­can pas­tor An­drew Brun­son.

They met in the Oval Of­fice on Satur­day. Trump told Brun­son, 50, that “we’ve been ne­go­ti­at­ing long and hard” for his re­lease and that “we do not pay ran­som in this coun­try.”

A Turk­ish court on Fri­day con­victed Brun­son of links to ter­ror­ism, but re­leased him be­cause he had al­ready spent nearly two years in de­ten­tion.

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