Tagged: Pastor Andrew Brunson

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Turkish court FREES American Christian pastor Andrew Brunson whose arrest for terrorism and treason enraged Trump – meaning he can leave the country

Andrew Brunson faced life in jail if convicted of terror charges and espionage The pastor, originally from North Carolina, has lived in Turkey for 20 years  President Donald Trump has said on Twitter that Turkey must free Brunson, 50 Trump’s tariff on Turkish steel and aluminum imports triggered a currency crisis...

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Trump says he is ‘very disappointed in Erdoğan’ over pastor Brunson

President Donald Trump has said he felt personally let down by President Recep TayyipErdoğan over his refusal to release an American evangelical pastor after the U.S. had helped a Turkish citizen detained in Israel. “I’m disappointed in him,” Trump said on Aug. 30 in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News, after initially declining to comment because the...

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Turkey’s credit rating slashed amid lira’s ‘extreme volatility’

Turkey’s credit rating has been slashed further into “junk” by both Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings as the lira exhibited “extreme volatility” and as policy-making in the country became less predictable. S&P cut the country’s long-term local currency rating to BB-, four notches below investment grade, and reduced its long-term foreign currency sovereign...

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The story of Pastor Andrew Brunson: How did a smalltime pastor in Turkey find himself at the center of international diplomacy

In 1995, Pastor Andrew Brunson moved to the port city of Izmir to start a church. His congregation, after more than 20 years, reached 25 people. Brunson did not pose any threat to Turkey’s government or stability. Fast forward to the summer of 2016, Turkey finds itself struggling to deal...

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Why Trump is attacking Turkey with sanctions and tariffs

President Donald Trump’s latest broadside against Turkey comes amid conflicts over defense policy and the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. The Turkish lira was also reeling as Trump doubled tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and aluminum. Members of Congress and the Trump administration have objected to Turkey’s plan...

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Congress officially blocks F-35 fighter shipments to Turkey

Congressional defense lawmakers officially barred deliveries of the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkish forces, inserting the ban into the final version of the Pentagon’s budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year. House and Senate conferees adopted the legislation, which prohibits shipments of the advanced, multi-role jet fighter to...