Hot Take Alert: WaPo Pushes Story About American Pastor Detained In Turkey That No One Is Loving

The situation in Turkey is pretty clear for anyone following it: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had American pastor Andrew Brunson arrested in 2016 and has repeatedly refused to release him. Brunson faces terrorism charges in the country.

Clearly, he is being used as a political pawn in a bigger game and – besides that – Brunson is the victim of a tyrannical Turkish President who stands against the world on the issue of freeing the pastor.

So, here’s the Washington Post’s hot take on the story:

“Trump tried to strong-arm Turkey into releasing a detained American pastor this month, but Erdogan, for the moment, appears unbowed.”

The pastor has suffered years of imprisonment from the Turkish leader and WaPo accuses President Trump of the strong-arming? Trump is the one fighting for the pastor’s freedom while Erdoğan is using the detention to strong-arm international diplomacy.

Erdoğan even said he would release the pastor should the United States quit the investigation and subsequent fining of a Turkish bank, Fox News reports. The sum of the fines totals somewhere in the billions of dollars.

Here’s what people are saying about the report:

President Trump recently announced increased tariffs on Turkish goods amid the detention and later said “We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man.”

“I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar! Aluminum will now be 20% and Steel 50%. Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!”

Trump also championed Brunson in a tweet: “Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!”

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also commented on the detained pastor  – and others who are detained in Turkey – cautioning the Turkish government that the U.S. was “very serious” about his release. “Brunson needs to come home as do all the Americans being held by the Turkish government,” Pompeo said, Fox News reports.

“The Turks were on notice that the clock had run out and it was time for Pastor Brunson to be returned and I hope they’ll see this for what it is: a demonstration that we’re very serious,” he said.

“Pretty straightforward. They’ve been holding these folks for a long time. These are innocent people

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