U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who urged Turkey’s President to release Pastor Andrew Brunson in March, issued the following statement praising President Trump’s decision to sanction two Turkish officials. 

“Our fellow citizens aren’t bargaining chips,” said Senator Sasse. “Pastor Brunson is an innocent man. Turkey’s charges are completely unjust and these new sanctions are absolutely warranted. President Erdogan ought to know that the United States expects more from a member of NATO. Free Pastor Brunson now.”


In March, Sasse wrote to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, urging the release of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who was unjustly detained under false charges of espionage.

Today, at the direction of President Trump, the Treasury Department targeted Turkey’s Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gul and Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, both of whom share responsibility for the unjust arrest and detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson.