Trump Accused of Putting a Christian Pastor Ahead of American National Interests


If anyone still doubted President Trump’s commitment to Christians, this should put the matter to rest.

Our maverick president might not be “pious,” but he’s proved willing to put everything on the line to defend a single Christian pastor.

And that has the Islamists who rule Turkey absolutely fuming.

From France24:

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said it was wrong of the United States to try to threaten Turkey, a day after President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish metal imports as the row between the two NATO allies deepened.

The two governments have been at odds over a wide range of topics – from diverging interests in Syria, to Turkey’s ambition to buy Russian defence systems, and the case of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on terrorism charges.

“You can never bring this nation in line with the language of threats,” Erdogan told a crowd of supporters in the Turkish town of Unye on the Black Sea coast. “I am once again calling on those in America: It is a pity that you choose a pastor over your strategic partner in NATO,” he said.

The thing is, and clearly Trump gets this, if Turkey is the kind of nation that jails Christian pastors and cozies up to our most intractable jihadist foes, then it’s not a genuine partner, anyway.

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