Brunson, whose detention caused a crisis in ties with Washington, flew out of Adnan Menderes airport in the Aegean city of Izmir on an American military plane bound for the US Ramstein airbase in Germany on Friday, his lawyer Cem Halavurt told AFP, adding he would then continue to the United States.
"Good news, Pastor Brunson is in the air," Trump told reporters as he arrived in Cincinnati for election campaigning. "He is coming to the Oval Office, most likely on Saturday."
The Trump administration imposed tariffs on Turkey and sanctioned two senior ministers to free Brunson, whose case has became a cause celebre for the president's conservative Christian base.
"We spoke to Turkey and went through a system," Trump said. "There was no deal at all. There was no deal." Media were not allowed to accompany Brunson into the airport lounge but saw him arriving earlier at the airport arm-in-arm with his wife Norine, waving at reporters while surrounded by security.
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