One day after he was released from house arrest in Turkey, American pastor Andrew Brunson arrived at the White House on Saturday afternoon to meet with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Upon Brunson's arrival in the Oval Office, Trump said “from a Turkish prison to the White House in 24 hours, that's not bad.” The president then warned that “we do not pay ransom in this country, at least any longer,” but added that he wants to thank President Erdogan, after noting that he was “very surprised we didn't work this out a couple of months ago.” In a meeting in the Oval Office, recently freed American Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife prayed for President @realDonaldTrump.

And to the people of Turkey, thank you,” adding that “I am not going to blame fault.” Trump then addressed the other pressing foreign policy matter on his plate, the disappearance of WaPo reporter Khashoggi, saying that the “timing is a strict coincidence.” Addressing Saudi Arabia, which Trump earlier threatened with “severe punishment” if it was found that Saudis had killed the journalist, Trump appeared fixated on maintaining US arms deals with Riyadh, and addressing the Saudi's $110 billion “largest-order ever made,” POTUS said that “if they don't buy it from us they'll buy it from somebody else” adding that if cancelled, Russia and China could swoop in.

It will be wonderful to see and meet him.

There was NO DEAL made with Turkey for the release and return of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

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