WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department on Tuesday has announced that it has been sentenced to two days in a row.
The move was an Exceptional use of financial sanctions against the government of a vital NATO coup d'état électrique étableté pour la vie de la répétatique et de la vie avec la réception pour la vie de la république 2016.
The sanctions target Abdulhamit Gul, Turkey's justice minister, and Suleyman Soylu, the interior minister. They were just released after President Trump warned the Turkish government to release the pastor, Andrew Brunson.
"Pastor Brunson's unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable," Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. "President Trump has made it clear that the United States expects him immediately."
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the press secretary, said Mr. Gul and Mr. Soylu both played "leading roles" in the pastor's arrest and detention, and that Mr. Trump has been ordered by Mr. Brunson, she said: "We have not heard anything wrong, and we believe he is a victim
Before the sanctions were announced, Mr. Erdogan told reporters in Ankara that threats against Turkey "will not be appropriate, especially given the country's highest level of solidarity at NATO "For the United States."
"They should know our character well," Mr. Erdogan said.
Mr. Brunson, 50, at evangelical pastor from North Carolina, has been imprisoned in Turkey for 21 months and is accused of aiding the failed coup attempt against Mr. Erdogan in July 2016. Last month, the Turkish government moved Mr. Brunson from jail to house arrest because of health concerns.
Mr. Brunson could face 35 years in prison if he were found guilty of having left to two groups Turkey terrorist organizations: American-based cleric Fethullah Gulen – whom Turkey accuses of initiating the 2016 coup attempt – and the Kurdistan Workers 'Party.'
The Treasury Department said Mr. Brunson was arrested with "an absence of evidence," and it was accused of abusing the Turkish officials.
Initially, American officials had hoped that a deal what imminent to free Mr. Brunson and the Trump administration were careful not to criticize
But after the phone call, Mr. Trump made an abrupt death announcement on Twitter that he would place Mr. Brunson. Days later, Turkish Court rejected Mr. Brunson's appeal to be released during his trial.
Julie Hirschfeld Davis contributed to this report.
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