The daughter of American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained nearly six months ago and remains held in a Turkish prison without formal charges, is pleading for an audience with President Trump and asking for his help securing her father’s release.
“We really, really want to get this case, my father’s case, to President Trump,” 19-year-old Jacqueline Brunson, a student in North Carolina, told Fox News in an interview via Skype. “We really feel it would be helpful to have the president’s support and have him personally arguing for my father’s case to get him back home safely to his family.”
Brunson was detained in October along with his wife in the Turkish coastal town of Izmir where he has carried out his ministry for two decades. The arrests were part of Turkish authorities’ broad crackdown after the 2016 failed military coup.
According to Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, who has worked quietly behind the scenes to secure Brunson’s release, the couple was called in for a routine visa check when the ordeal began.
“Instead they were detained there at the police station, saying they may be part of a terrorist plot,” Lankford said. “Then they released his wife but kept him and then later