Bravo for Tying Foreign Policy to Human Rights! Senate Considers Penalty for Turkey if Christian Pastor Not Released

President Trump, Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, and the U.S. House and Senate repeatedly have spoken out on the case of the American Christian pastor, Andrew Brunson, who has been held essentially without charges for more than a year in a Turkish jail. Now the U.S. Senate is looking into a very serious penalty if the Muslim-majority nation, led by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has made no secret of his caliphate aspirations and continues to refuse to cooperate. If Turkey continues to hold Brunson, Section 1269 of the National Defense Authorization Act “would effectively require the U.S. Department of Defense to remove Turkey form the F-35 program. This would deny Turkey access to the U.S.-built, state-of-the-art fighter jet – a move that would significantly curtail the modernization of Turkey’s air force. The nation currently hopes to buy 100 of the planes. Read more: