THE PRESIDENT DOES A GREAT DEED BY BRINGING HOME PASTOR BRUNSON
President Trump has done a really good job at this point in his presidency of finding ways to get hostages freed from miserable conditions.
He did it again the other day, getting the Turks to free Pastor Andrew Brunson — who had been falsely accused of plotting against the Turkish government — from a Turkish prison after two years.
“I just want to congratulate you because you have galvanized this country,” President Trump said.
“There’s so much interest, and it’s your faith, it’s your strength, what you’ve done, gone through.”
President Trump also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for working with him on Brunson’s return.
“I do want to thank President Erdogan for making this possible. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t easy for him.”
Not surprisingly, Brunson was ecstatic to be home and back with his family.
“We especially want to thank the administration, they really fought for us, unusually so,” Brunson said, talking to President Trump.
“From the time you took office, I know that you’ve been engaged.”
The president said nothing was given to Turkey in exchange for Brunson, who had lived in Turkey for over 20 years prior to his arrest.
At one point, President Trump had implied he may use sanctions against Turkey if they did not release the pastor.
Thankfully, it never came to that.
Again, this is an example of one of president Trump’s strengths: negotiating and using leverage.
Within the last few wees, he was able to get a new trade deal done with Canada and Mexico that has more favorable terms than NAFTA.
And now, he was able to effectively use the threat of sanctions to free Pastor Brunson.
For whatever you may think of the president and his policies, this is one area where having an successful businessman at the top of our government is a major advantage for our nation.
North Korea and Iran loom and so does China as we head forward into the next few years, and I, for one, am very glad to have a president who I feel will do the absolute best job possible for the United States in avoiding conflict while also generating strong deals on our behalf.
Peace through strength is a philosophy that worked for Ronald Reagan.
And now it is — and will continue to — work for Donald Trump.