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.
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.’
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 13, 2018
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.