Trump says Turkey has released a US prisoner

Trump says Turkey has released a US prisoner
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE said Thursday that Turkey has released a U.S. prisoner into home custody.

Speaking to reporters on his way to Colorado to deliver a commencement address at the Air Force Academy, Trump added that the man will be released "fairly soon."

The president also thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

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"He was great," Trump said of his Turkish counterpart. "They released this prisoner, hostage, whatever you want to call him. He’s at home custody in Turkey. He’ll be released fairly soon."

Trump did not identify the individual.

The president spoke with Erdoğan by telephone on Wednesday. The two leaders discussed trade, Turkey's decision to purchase the S-400 missile defense system and other bilateral issues, the White House said.

American pastor Andrew Brunson was released last year after he was held in Turkey on charges of terrorism for almost two years.

Upon his return to the U.S., Brunson urged lawmakers not to forget about additional American citizens being held in Turkey.