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Brunson release tremendous step in US-Turkey ties - Trump

President of the United States Donald Trump stated on Saturday that the release of the American pastor Andrew Brunson and his return from a Turkish prison to the US is a "tremendous step" in the relations between Washington and Ankara. Speaking at the White House Oval Office where he hosted Brunson, Trump added that his administration fought "long and hard" to win pastor's release. At the same time, Brunson thanked the president and said that he "really fought for him," while asking God to give Trump "supernatural wisdom."

Earlier today, Trump thanked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for helping in Brunson's release and announced a new chapter in the strained US-Turkish relations. Erdogan responded by playing down his role and saying that Brunson's release in an independent decision of the Turkish judiciary.

Breaking the News / FH