Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the most hostile enemies of Christianity and Western civilization on the planet. He announced that his government is freezing the assets of US “justice and interior” secretaries in a retaliatory measure for US sanctions.
The US Treasury Department is sanctioning Turkey’s ministers of justice and interior because they are detaining US pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been accused of seditious behavior without evidence by the Turkish government.
“We’ve seen no evidence that Pastor Brunson has done anything wrong,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“Pastor Brunson’s unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. “President Trump has made it abundantly clear that the United States expects Turkey to release him immediately.”
It was originally reported that Brunson was set to be released, but that fell through after Erdogan apparently went back on his word. He now denies that any serious talks occurred regarding Brunson.
“We never made Brunson a topic of negotiation. Instead of respecting the Turkish judiciary, they are turning this into talk of sanctions,” Erdogan said.
The erratic nature of the Erdogan regime prompted Trump to get into action and slap serious economic sanctions on Turkey.
The United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being. He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2018
The Turks are not yet willing to back down despite the pressure put on them by Trump.
“You cannot make Turkey take a step back with sanctions,” Erdogan said. “They need to know the following: we are not tied with an umbilical cord to the US.”
“(T)he effort by the US to impose sanctions on our two ministers will not go unanswered. We cannot solve our problems until the US administration understands that it cannot get its unlawful demands with this method,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a Tweet.
Erdogan has called for the Islamic conquest of Europe in the recent past and remains one of the world leaders who is most hostile toward Western values. Pastor Brunson remains in great danger as long as he is under the supervision of these Muslim savages.