PressTV-‘Trump frustrated with Turkey’s refusal to free pastor’

US President Donald Trump is said to have “a great deal of frustration” over Turkey’s refusal to release an American evangelical pastor, whose nearly two-year detention in the country has already caused an unprecedented deterioration in Ankara-Washington relations.

“The president has a great deal of frustration on the fact that Pastor (Andrew) Brunson has not been released as well as the fact that other US citizens and employees of diplomatic facilities have not been released,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a briefing on Tuesday.

“We’re going to continue to call on Turkey to do the right thing and release those individuals,” she added.

US White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 14, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

The 50-year-old Christian pastor was arrested in December 2016 and later indicted by a Turkish court on charges of…

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