>> I'm not going to say anything, I'm just saying this is a tremendous step.>> US President Donald Trump hailing Turkey's release of US pastor Andrew Brunson after two years in Angorra's custody.>> I do wanna thank President Erdogan for making this possible. You understand what I mean by that.
>> Yes.>> It wasn't easy.>> At the White House on Saturday with the pastor, Trump denied cutting a deal with Ankora, and said no ransom was paid.>> We've been negotiating long and hard. We do not pay ransom in this country, otherwise you'll have big problems and lots of problems, lots of things will happen.
>> President Erdogan responded to the thanks from Trump by posting a message on Twitter saying Brunson's release was due to a court decision and not the Turkish president. On Friday, a Turkish court sentenced Brunson to prison on terrorism charges, but said he would not serve any further time after having already served more than three years.
Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years, had been charged with having links to Kurdish militants and supporters of a US based Muslim cleric. Brunson has denied the accusations.>> We especially want to thank the administration.>> At the White House, Brunson and his wife Noreen said prayers for Trump.
>> Lord God I ask that you call out your Holy Spirit on President Trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom.>> The spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Amen.>> Thank you very much
]. Could I ask you one question?>> Yes.>> Who did you vote for?
Brunson's release will also likely score points with US Evangelical Christians, a big part of Trump's base, and potentially important with the November midterm elections approach.