Turkish leader dismisses US sanctions threat over pastor

  • American Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, center, waves as he leaves a prison outside Izmir, Turkey, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Brunson who had been jailed in Turkey for more than 1 ½ years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. Pastor Brunson was let out of jail to serve home detention because of "health problems," Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said.(DHA via AP)
  • Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan attends the last day of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 27, 2018. (Mike Hutchings/Pool Photo via AP)

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s president said his government would not back down and was willing to “go its own way” if the United States imposes sanctions over an American pastor who is being tried on espionage and terror-related charges.