An administration official tells CBN News that President Trump was the first to bring it up, followed by Vice President Mike Pence.
The official says President Trump then brought up Brunson a third time.
“They went to bat for the pastor,” the official tells CBN News.
Brunson was swept up in a terrorism investigation last fall, but was never formally charged.
“Unfortunately Pastor Andrew Brunson is now a pawn, kind of a trump card in Erdogan’s hand. There’s absolutely no rule of law, no due process in that case, it’s a completely bogus case. Anyone who has looked at the case knows that these are trumped up charges,” says Dr. Aykan Erdemir, a former member of Turkey’s Parliament who has advocated for the release of Pastor Brunson for months.
The official couldn’t comment on how President Erdogan responded to Trump and Pence’s questions.