>> And to President Erdogan and the Turkish government I have a message. On behalf of the president of the United States of America.>> A threat to Turkey from Washington.>> Release Pastor Andrew Brunson now or be prepared to face the consequences.>>
>> If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free.
>> US vice president Mike Pence speaking at a State Department event on Thursday and backed up by Trump on Twitter, who called Brunson a great Christian family man, and called for his immediate release. The US pastor has been detained in Turkey for 21 months.>>
> On Wednesday, a court ruled he should be transferred to house arrest.
Though originally from North Carolina, he's worked in Turkey for more than 20 years. He's been accused of helping the Gulen group that Anchorer says was behind a failed military coup in 2016. Brunson denies the charges but faces up to 35 years in jail if found guilty. The Turkish president has previously linked Brunson's fate to cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose extradition from United States has been a long held demand of Turkish authorities.