"A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison," US president tweeted on Wednesday.
A total disgrace that Turkey will not release a respected U.S. Pastor, Andrew Brunson, from prison. He has been held hostage far too long. @RT_Erdogan should do something to free this wonderful Christian husband & father. He has done nothing wrong, and his family needs him!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 19 июля 2018 г.
US media reported that Brunson and his wife ran a ministry in the Turkish coastal town of Izmir for nearly 20 years.
Thousands of people from all walks of life have been detained in Turkey over the years on accusation of having links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of having plotted the coup.