Trump says the US 'will pay nothing' to Turkey for the release of detained pastor

  17 August 2018    Read: 1203
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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States"will pay nothing" to Turkey for the release of detained American pastor Andrew Brunson, who he called "a great patriot hostage", CNBC reported.

"We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!" Trump said on Twitter.

The U.S. warned Turkey on Thursday to expect more economic sanctions unless it hands over Brunson, as relations between the two countries took a further turn for the worse.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin assured Trump at a Cabinet meeting that sanctions were ready to be put in place if Brunson was not freed.

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