Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had a clear and direct message for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding the imprisonment of American pastor Andrew Brunson: ‘LET MY PEOPLE GO!’
In his tweet, Huckabee wrote: “Simple solution President Erdogan. To quote Moses, "LET MY PEOPLE GO!" Release the political prisoner you illegally jailed. And thank God for @realDonaldTrump for not folding like a cheap tent in a hurricane.”
After Vice President Mike Pence warned Turkey of “consequences” if Brunson is not released, President Trump tweeted last Friday what those consequences would be: “I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!” the president wrote.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the evangelical pastor from North Carolina ministered in Turkey for more than two decades before he was caught up in a massive crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government following a failed July 2016 coup.
Brunson now faces espionage and terrorism-related charges. He recently was moved from prison to house arrest, as he awaits his next court hearing on October 12. He had been incarcerated since October 2016.
Brunson is accused of supporting the man Erdogan accuses of responsibility for the coup attempt, the U.S.-based Turkish Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen; of supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK); and of “dividing and separating the country by means of Christianization” of the Turkish people. Brunson denies all charges. Prosecutors are calling for a 35-year jail term.