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Donald Trump welcomes Andrew Brunson home with Oval Office celebration

Donald Trump welcomes Andrew Brunson home with Oval Office celebrationAn American pastor released from a Turkish prison on Friday knelt at Donald Trump's feet on Saturday, praying for the US president during a gathering in the Oval Office.  Andrew Brunson, a 50-year-old preacher from North Carolina, who has lived in Turkey for over 25 years, asked Mr Trump if he could pray for him. “I need it more than anybody in this room,” the president replied. Mr Brunson then knelt, asking God to give Mr Trump “the wisdom to lead this country into righteousness”. He continued: "Protect him from slander, from enemies. Fill him with your wisdom, and strength, and perseverance." President Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo bow their heads as Andrew Brunson prays for the administration Credit: AP Mr Brunson was detained in October 2016 and charged with links to Kurdish militants and supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt that year.  He strongly denied any links to militants, and Mr Trump took up his case with gusto, demanding the preacher be released. His case became a bitter diplomatic row between Ankara and Washington. Mr Trump said the pastor's release marked a significant improvement in US-Turkish relations. “This is a great step towards having the kind of relationship with Turkey that we want to have,” he said, emphasizing that the US had not made any payment or granted concessions to Turkey in exchange for his release. "The only deal, if you can call it a deal, is a psychological one," he said. "We feel much different to Turkey today than we did yesterday. I think we have a chance now to have a really great relationship." There was NO DEAL made with Turkey for the release and return of Pastor Andrew Brunson. I don’t make deals for hostages. There was, however, great appreciation on behalf of the United States, which will lead to good, perhaps great, relations between the United States & Turkey!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2018 Flanked by Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and John Bolton, the national security advisor, plus a phalanx of senators and advisors, Mr Trump paid tribute to the work of his team in securing his release. He also said the country was delighted he was home. “Right now the whole world is a fan of yours,” he said. Andrew Brunson, pictured in Turkey in July, escorted by police to house release at his home in Izmir Mr Brunson said he and his family still loved Turkey and the Turkish people, but added that he was unsure what he would do next. “Spend time with our children, and then pray and see what God wants next for us," he said. "In the future we will probably be doing some interviews, but this is just a time to thank this administration. We love this country. Last night we arrived in Germany, and the ambassador met us at 1:30am – I couldn’t believe it. He had a flag and I took it and very naturally kissed it." His wife, Norine, added her thanks to the president, who jokingly asked who she voted for. She replied that she had voted for him. "I sent an absentee ballot from prison," Mr Brunson added.



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Kanye calls himself a 'crazy motherf***er' in Oval Office meeting with Trump

Kanye calls himself a 'crazy motherf***er' in Oval Office meeting with TrumpIn perhaps the most surreal moment of the Trump White House to date, Kanye West launched into an extended Oval Office speech that touched on such topics as crime, mental health, slavery, aerospace technology and the Unabomber.



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Kanye West hugs President Trump and ABC News' Johnathan Karl in the Oval Office

Kanye West hugs President Trump and ABC News' Johnathan Karl in the Oval OfficeABC News' Johnathan Karl talks about President Trump's meeting with Kanye West



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Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama

Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama"CBS This Morning" co-anchor John Dickerson’s essay on presidential leadership is based on a series of Yahoo News interviews with historians.



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Trump inflammatory comments on 's—hole countries' in Oval Office immigration meeting

Trump inflammatory comments on 's---hole countries' in Oval Office immigration meetingABC News' George Stephanopoulos on the president's comment amid a history of racially divisive actions.



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Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officials

Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russians in Oval Office: officialsBy Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation said on Monday. The White House said the allegations were false. “The president only discussed the common threats that both countries faced,” deputy national security adviser Dina Powell said.



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Donald Trump 'revealed highly classified information' to Russian officials in Oval Office

Donald Trump 'revealed highly classified information' to Russian officials in Oval OfficeDonald Trump reportedly revealed highly classified information about Isis to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week. The information revealed by the President while in the Oval Office, was said to have been provided to the US by an American ally through a sensitive intelligence sharing arrangement. In a scoop that threatened still further to weaken the President’s credibility and sent shock waves through the political universe, The Washington Post said the partner had not given permission for the information to be shared with Russia.



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Kellyanne Conway Explains Offensive Oval Office Sofa Photo

Kellyanne Conway Explains Offensive Oval Office Sofa PhotoWhile President Trump was meeting with the leaders of the countrys historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway was under fire for kneeling on a sofa in the Oval Office.



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Twitter loses it over photo of Kellyanne Conway with feet on couch in Oval Office

Twitter loses it over photo of Kellyanne Conway with feet on couch in Oval OfficeTwitter lit up with comments over a photo of President Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, with her feet tucked under her on the couch in the Oval Office. Some Twitter users have said it’s “disrespectful” while others have called the controversy “dumb.”



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