Joshua Holt, American Held In Venezuela, Is Welcomed Home

Joshua Holt in a Venezuelan jail holding a letter he received last Friday from Sen. Orrin Hatch

Joshua Holt in a Venezuelan jail holding a letter he received last Friday from Sen. Orrin Hatch

President Donald Trump welcomed Josh Holt, an American who had been held as a prisoner in Venezuela since the summer of 2016, back to the U.S. on Saturday night.

According to The New York Times, those were the impressions that Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed to President Donald Trump after the release of Joshua Holt, an American citizen, and his wife, Thamy, unjustly detained in a Venezuelan prison for the last two years. The Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro two days after the embattled socialist leader kicked out the top US diplomat in the country.

American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country's socialist government unexpectedly released them. Orrin Hatch. Holt's wife, Thamy, has also been released, Hatch said.

"The great people of Utah will be very happy", Trump wrote.

Venezuelan officials released Holt on Saturday after high-level talks between President Nicolas Maduro and US lawmakers.

Also at the homecoming were Mr. Holts parents and the two senators who helped secretly negotiate his release, Sen.

Holt's release comes a week after President Nicolás Maduro won re-election in what critics charged was a rigged election, and days after Maduro ordered the top American diplomat and his deputy expelled as "conspirators" against his government.

"You've gone through a lot, more than most people could endure", the President said to Holt as the two were seated side-by-side in the Oval Office.

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RIVERTON (News4Utah) - As Josh Holt anxiously awaits for his return to Utah with his Venezuelan wife and step-daughter, the city of Riverton is preparing for their homecoming.

They were tied around trees, poles, fences and other items as a way for the community to welcome home Josh Holt, who had been held captive in a Venezuelan prison for almost two years.

In a statement Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nodded to the efforts of those who had followed Holt's plight. In this photo released by the Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela'.

His mom expressed her sincerest thanks for Hatch and Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) who fought for his release, as well as, Maduro, for "letting him come home".

Shortly after McCarry's visit, Lacava traveled to Washington in March to speak with several lawmakers including Hatch, Corker, Sen. "They say they're doing things but I'm still here".

Holt said he was overwhelmed with gratitude and thanked everyone who was involved in his release.

Holt, who'd been held in the El Helicoide intelligence agency prison, published a Facebook video earlier this month pleading for help and claiming his life was in danger.

After Nicolas Maduro was re-elected president for a second, six-year term Sunday, Vice President Pence called the vote a "sham", and the Trump administration imposed new sanctions. In fact he has been held without trial by the Venezuelan government, on weapons charges United States officials have dismissed as trumped up.

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