Freed American pastor Brunson meets Trump, given hero’s welcome in Oval Office
- Andrew Brunson, 50, met with Trump on Saturday afternoon at the White House
- Laid hands on Trump and prayed for him in moving Oval Office meeting
- The pastor faced jail in Turkey if convicted of terror charges and espionage
- The President earlier tweeted that ‘no deal’ was struck for Brunson’s release
- Originally from North Carolina, Brunson had lived in Turkey for 20 years
- Trump had previously tweeted that Turkey must free Brunson
President Donald Trump has met with Andrew Brunson, the American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey.
Brunson, 50, arrived in the Oval Office on Saturday afternoon after being freed from a Turkish prison on Friday and flying to Germany for a medical checkup at a U.S. military hospital.
‘From a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that’s not bad,’ Trump said as he introduced Brunson to the press.
Bruson thanked Trump and officials in his administration, as well as senators who had worked toward his release. The pastor then knelt and placed his hand on Trump’s shoulder to offer a blessing.