Trump thanks Turkey for Brunson's release, denies cutting a deal

October 13, 2018 3:41 PM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump thanked Turkey on Saturday for freeing American pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in custody and said it would help improve strained relations, but Trump denied cutting a deal for Brunson’s release.

“I don’t make deals for hostages. There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States, which will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!” Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning.

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