>> The Trump administration is hopeful that an American pastor who's on trial in Turkey could be freed possibly as early as Friday. Media outlets reported that Andrew Brunson would be released in a deal with the US government, though the US State Department did not confirm that Thursday.>> A report from NBC that there is a deal.
>> Yeah, I am not aware of any such deal.>> Two administration officials tell Reuters the situation is still fluid. Brunson's imprisonment has dragged Turkey-US relations to an all-time low, triggering US sanctions and tariffs against Turkey and sparking a sell-off in Turkey's currency, Reuters' Mary Milliken.>> Of the many issues that have strained the relationship between the US and Turkey, the detention of pastor Brunson has become clearly the biggest problem between the two countries.
There was a deal earlier this year between Turkey and the US for his release, and then the release did not happen. And that really angered the Trump administration. I tell you, in the last couple of months, we've been hearing that there have been absolutely no discussions between the two countries.
It's as if the bilateral relationship just went quiet.>> The evangelical preacher has lived in Turkey for more than 20 years. He's been held now for two years on terrorism charges, and if convicted, faces up to 35 years in jail. News he might be released help give some support to Turkey's lira on Thursday, which this summer hit a record low against the dollar.