Pres. Trump meets with pastor Brunson after his release from Turkish custody

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 2:51 PM PT – Sat. Oct. 13, 2018

President Trump welcomes American pastor Andrew Brunson to the White House, after being released from a Turkish jail he was held in for two years.

In the Oval Office Saturday, the president greeted the Brunson family, and told the pastor he can celebrate and rest now that he’s back on U.S. soil.

Brunson thanked the president for his efforts to return him home, and said a prayer for him and the country.

President Donald Trump prays with American pastor Andrew Brunson in the Oval Office of the White House, Saturday October 13, 2018, in Washington. Brunson returned to the U.S. around midday after he was freed Friday, from nearly two years of detention in Turkey. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Brunson then thanked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The pastor also showed his appreciation to GOP Senate members, who have been working behind the scenes to bring him back home.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham also weighed in on the return of Brunson.

In a video he tweeted, the Senator said ‘the good man is now home, and i’m really glad we got to work with Turkey, which will give us a chance to reset our relationship.’

The lawmaker adds, his continued thoughts and prayers are with the minister and his family.

He continued to say, the last time he saw Brunson was in a Turkish prison, and he’s glad to see him back on American soil.