Turkey threatens retaliation over US sanctions

Turkey threatens retaliation over US sanctions
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Turkey's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday that it would respond to U.S. sanctions imposed on two Turkish officials "without delay."

In a statement, the foreign ministry said that it "strongly protests" the sanctions against Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu. A translation of the statement was provided by The Associated Press.

Those sanctions were imposed earlier Wednesday in response to Ankara's refusal to release Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who had been imprisoned and then detained in his home by the Turkish government on charges of terrorism and espionage.

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The Turkish government alleges that Brunson was involved in a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016. 

"Pastor Brunson’s unjust detention and continued prosecution by Turkish officials is simply unacceptable," Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinThe next two years of federal housing policy could be positive under Mark Calabria The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Trump mulling 60-day delay for China tariff deadline MORE said in a statement.

The sanctions came days after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE and Vice President Pence threatened penalties on Turkey if government officials did not allow Brunson to return to the U.S. 

The pastor was released from jail last month after a year-and-a-half behind bars and placed under house arrest. But on Tuesday, a Turkish refused Brunson's request to allow him to return to the U.S.