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Turkey frees Black Mtn. missionary facing life in prison
Thursday, 01 November 2018 22:52

From Staff Reports

President Donald Trump welcomed freed Black Mountain, N.C., pastor, Andrew Brunson at the White House on Oct. 13.

In turn, in a meeting in the Oval Office, Brunson thanked the president for securing his release from a prison in Turkey.

“You really fought for us,” the Black Mountain preacher told Trump, a day after Turkey released Brunson after more than two years of confinement, acording to press reports. “From the time you took office, I know you’ve been engaged.”

“I just want to congratulate you,” Trump told Brunson, according to video of the session published by C-Span and other national news outlets. “You have galvanized this country. There’s so much interest. It’s your faith, it’s your strength, what you have gone through. I know what you’ve gone through.”

“Right now, the whole world is a fan of yours,” Trump told Brunson. “The whole world is your fan and your family’s fan. ... It’s a great honor to have you back home.”

Brunson also got down on a knee after asking the president if he could pray for him.

“I probably need it more than anybody in this room,” Trump joked, prompting laughter from those gathered in the Oval Office.

Brunson placed his left hand on Trump’s right shoulder and asked God to “pour out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the plans you have for this country and for him. I ask that you give him wisdom to lead this country into righteousness.”

Trump also provided some levity to the gathering when he later asked Brunson’s wife whom she voted for in the last presidential election. 

She appeared to respond she voted for Trump. Andrew Brunson also responded, prompting laughter when he said, in all seriousness, that he voted for Trump by sending an absentee ballot from prison.

Trump also thanked Turkey’s president for Brunson’s release, saying political circumstances there made it difficult to pull off.

 



 


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