Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held prisoner in Turkey for the past two years, was finally set free on Friday and is on his way back to the United States.
Following his release, Pastor Brunson and his wife were flown to Germany, where they were met by Richard Grenell, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany.
Grenell later posted the following photo on his Twitter account, writing, “I welcomed Pastor Brunson & his wife to Germany on their refueling stop. He’s almost home thanks to @realDonaldTrump. When I presented him with the US flag, he immediately kissed it. #agratefulnation.”
I welcomed Pastor Brunson & his wife to Germany on their refueling stop. He’s almost home thanks to @realDonaldTrump.
When I presented him with the US flag, he immediately kissed it. #agratefulnation pic.twitter.com/b82gA7PXVr
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 13, 2018
President Trump announced in a Twitter post Saturday morning that the Pastor will be welcomed to the Oval Office for a visit at 2:30 pm ET.
Fox News reported that no media will be allowed to broadcast footage of the pastor’s arrival as he disembarks from the airplane, but live coverage will be broadcast of his visit to President Trump at the White House.
Pastor Andrew Brunson, released by Turkey, will be with me in the Oval Office at 2:30 P.M. (this afternoon). It will be wonderful to see and meet him. He is a great Christian who has been through such a tough experience. I would like to thank President @RT_Erdogan for his help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2018