Pastor Brunson ‘Immediately’ Expressed His Gratitude With Display of Patriotism After Being Freed From Turkey

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After Pastor Andrew Brunson was released from Turkey following two years of detainment, he expressed his gratitude in the most patriotic way — even before he touched down on American soil.

Before the pastor landed at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, his plane made a stop in Germany on Friday to refuel. While there, he and his wife were greeted by U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who presented Brunson with a folded American flag.

The pastor, moved by the gesture, took Old Glory into his hands an planted a thankful kiss on the flag.

“I welcomed Pastor Brunson & his wife to Germany on their refueling stop,” Grenell later tweeted, recalling the touching moment. “He’s almost home thanks to @realDonaldTrump. When I presented him with the US flag, he immediately kissed it.”

A longtime resident of Turkey, the pastor was arrested in 2016 following an unsuccessful coup attempt in the country. He was accused of aiding the movement and was indicted on charges of having contact with Kurdish separatists deemed terrorists by both Turkey and the U.S.

“You really fought for us, unusually so,” Brunson told Trump when he arrived at the White House. “From the time you took office, we know that you’ve been engaged.”

His release had been a top priority for evangelical Christians who support the president.

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On Saturday morning, Trump celebrated Brunson’s release in a tweet, saying, “It will be wonderful to see and meet him. He is a great Christian who has been through such a tough experience.”

Trump also insisted on Saturday that no concessions were made to Turkey in exchange for Brunson’s release, tweeting that “there was NO DEAL made with Turkey for the release and return of Pastor Andrew Brunson.”

“I don’t make deals for hostages,” he continued. “There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States, which will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!”

Ahead of Brunson’s freeing, U.S. officials had indicated his release was imminent after negotiations included the United States lifting sanctions off Turkey.

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Answered prayer! Welcome home, Pastor Brunson!

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Welcome home to the UnitedStates of America. Our PresidentDonald Trump sure did work to get you back home. President Trump you are our hero. I loved when Pastor. Brunson went on his knees and said a prayer for thePresident and everyone that also helped.

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Next time you spy for the United States government, don’t get caught dummy.

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Welcome back.

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