Trump hails release of American jailed in Venezuela for two years

Marsha Scott
May 31, 2018

The statement expressed gratitude "to everyone who participated in this miracle". Holt planned to return to the United States with his new wife and two stepchildren, but they never made it back. The couple was waiting for Caleno's US visa when they were arrested at her family's apartment in a government housing complex for what the USA considered trumped-up charges of stockpiling an assault rifle and grenades.

"You understood that beautifully", Trump said to Holt's Venezuelan daughter. Hatch was officially notified Friday that Holt's release was being finalized, according to an official familiar with the events, and Corker had kept in close contact with Hatch, who had spoken several times with Maduro about Holt's situation.

Holt's release comes more than a week after he posted videos to Facebook during a prison riot, pleading for help from Americans and the United States government.

Holt had traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Thamara Caleño, whom he met on an online Mormon dating site. Yet the Venezuelan human rights group Foro Penal called the effort simply part of a new "revolving door policy" in which some prisoners were being released even as others were being detained. "You were a tough one, I have to tell you", Trump said. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., according to several senior USA officials.

Laurie Holt, the mother of Joshua Holt, an American jailed in Venezuela, cries during a rally at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City on July 30, 2016.

Mr. Hatch also thanked Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, a Republican and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who met with Mr.

Holt's release came after Republican Senator Bob Corker visited Caracas this week to meet with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to seek the USA citizen's freedom, according to local media.

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Hatch brought Holt's parents to the airport to reunite them Saturday evening.

A Utah man has been freed from Venezuelan prison where he was held on charges of stock-piling weapons. She says that a fellow inmate at their Caracas jail relayed information Friday night that prison officials were discussing their release.

Top officials in the Socialist regime labeled Holt a U.S. spy.

Joining Trump in the Oval Officer were Corker, Utah Sens. And a number of politicians and diplomats have traveled to Caracas in recent months to try to negotiate his release.

Joshua Holt, a USA citizen and Mormon missionary, is pictured in this still image taken from a selfie video which he posted on Facebook during a riot at the Helicoide detention center in Caracas, Venezuela, obtained by Reuters May 16, 2018. The details were still being worked out, the official said.

In this image provided by the Holt family, Joshua Holt, his wife Thamara and her daughter Marian, board a plane at the airport in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday. He was arrested on weapons charges and accused of being a spy. "To know that we can rely on you, and count on you, and talk to you".

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