White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced this afternoon that the United States was imposing sanctions on two top Turkish officials due to the continued detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson.
“At the president’s direction, the Department of Treasury is sanctioning Turkey’s minister of justice and minister of interior, both of whom played leading roles in the arrest and detention of Pastor Brunson,” Sanders said.
“Any property or interest in property of both ministers within U.S. jurisdiction is blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”
That is a good first step. I pray it succeeds in achieving Pastor Brunson’s freedom. But for now, President Erdogan remains defiant, even accusing the U.S. of having “an evangelist, Zionist mentality.”
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