Pence’s fundamentalism casting shadow over U.S. interests - pro gov’t daily

It is about time U.S. President Donald Trump started doing what he promised the American electorate instead of following the lead of evangelical Vice President Mike Pence who talked him into ruining ties with a close NATO ally over a pastor, wrote pro-government Daily Sabah in an editorial.

Pence is believed to be driving force behind the decision announced earlier this week to impose sanctions on two Turkish ministers over the ongoing detention of a U.S. pastor accused of membership to terrorist organizations. Evangelical Pastor Andrew Brunson, who denies the charges, faces up to 35 years in prison.

While Pence has a right to observe his religion as an evangelical Christian, Trump took office to be the president of all Americans, the daily wrote, adding that the State Department, including Secretary Mike Pompeo, does not see eye to eye with Pence. Nor do senior Pentagon officials or Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis support the vice president's self-proclaimed crusade, Daily Sabah said.

‘’The Trump administration crossed a line by sanctioning two senior Turkish officials but it would appear that the Turkish government, as an ally, is willing to allow Washington to make amends. If not, the U.S. will lose much more than Turkey. Trump may succeed in his desire to destroy the post-World War II order, only for it to collapse on the U.S. itself,’’ the daily wrote.
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