President of the United States today refrained from responding clearly to the White House journalist’s question if Washington would lift the sanctions against Ankara after the release of Pastor Andrew Branson by the Turkish authorities.
“We were very tough with Turkey and we will look at it. No agreement was reached, “said the mogul, having welcomed the pastor to the Oval Office. The only agreement” is “of a psychological nature: we are very different today (…) to Turkey,” he underlined without going into details. We feel very different to Turkey today compared to yesterday. I think we have a chance to get closer to Turkey and maybe even have a very good relationship, “he noted.
Earlier, at the Oval Office, with Andrew Branson at his side, the US president thanked his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “for making this possible.”
“It was not easy for him,” he added.
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Earlier, the US president welcomed the pastor, who arrived at the White House.
“I want to congratulate you because you have been the cause to mobilize this country … I know what you’ve been through … It’s not an easy situation for Turkey, too,” Trab said, sitting next to the pastor.
The US president once again thanked his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for making it possible to return Branson to his homeland.
For his part, Andrew Branson thanked Donald Trump, the US administration and Congress. He kissed beside the mogul at the Oval Office and said a prayer for him. Then he remarked how grateful he was that the American leader fought for him. He reiterated that he loves Turkey.
At the same time, Donald Trump underlined that the release of Branson is a “huge step” in improving Washington’s relationship with Ankara.