President Trump’s sense of humor was on full display with the newly freed political prisoner, Pastor Andrew Brunson. He was detained in Turkey for the last two years over alleged participation in an attempted coup, but was finally set free and returned to America.
Pastor Brunson was flown home to America where he visited the White House and immediately prayed for President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
President Trump asked a hilarious question right after, asking who Brunson and his wife voted for. Brunson replied with a funny joke of his own, stating “I sent in an absentee ballot from prison.”
The emotional moment was caught on video and shared by CBS News.
PRAYER FOR TRUMP: Andrew Brunson, the American pastor freed after two years of detention in Turkey, prayed for the president as they met in the White House. https://t.co/Hpi96fSUvC pic.twitter.com/0El4fzprLd
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“PRAYER FOR TRUMP: Andrew Brunson, the American pastor freed after two years of detention in Turkey, prayed for the president as they met in the White House.”
CBS News reported “American pastor Andrew Brunson met with President Trump at the White House on Saturday, the day after he was released from Turkish custody. “From a Turkish prison to the White House in one day,” Mr. Trump said as he sat next to Brunson in the Oval Office.
Mr. Trump thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for Brunson’s release, saying that it “wasn’t easy” for the Turkish president. He also touted the number of prisoners held internationally that had been set free while he was president. “Chairman Kim was really great to us,” with regard to releasing prisoners, Mr. Trump said.
“You really galvanized this country,” Mr. Trump said. “Right now, the whole world is a fan of yours.”
Brunson thanked the administration for the efforts to get him released. He also said that he loved the “Turkish people.” Brunson then offered to pray with Mr. Trump, who responded that “I need it probably more than anybody else in this room.”
Brunson kneeled and placed his hand on the shoulder of the president and prayed with him. After the prayer, Mr. Trump asked Brunson who he voted for in 2016.
“I sent in an absentee ballot from prison,” Brunson said.”
Brunson’s release and return to America was compared to former President Obama’s trade for five jailed Taliban leaders for alleged traitor Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Critics point out that Trump did not have to trade five terrorists for one American, praising the release of Brunson.
Who is Andrew Brunson?
He’s an American Evangelical pastor who was arrested and charged with allegedly participating in a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
His imprisonment in Turkey has caused relations between the United States and Turkey to sour, particularly between President Trump and President Erdogan.
Trump imposed financial sanctions on Turkey, which may have been surprising and part of why Brunson was released. Turkey is a NATO ally. In this world, money talks, so anything that affects Turkey and their money is likely a good reason to release a single political prisoner.