American freed from Venezuela, now back in U.S.

American freed from Venezuela, now back in U.S.

According to East Idaho News, 26-year-old Joshua Holt was originally from Pocatello but more recently had lived in Utah.

Holt, a Utah citizen, and his wife Thamy, were returning to the United States and were expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted.

The statement expressed gratitude "to everyone who participated in this miracle".

The man Josh Holt, was a Mormon missionary who flew to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online. He was arrested on suspicion of weapons charges.

"They came back from a very tough ordeal in a Venezuelan prison nearly two years, Josh - and, you know, unbelievable that you were able to take it", Trump said. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Holt soon would be reunited with "his sweet, long-suffering family" in Riverton, Utah, where one of his wife's two daughters from previous relationships has been living with Holt's mother. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has Trump's ear on policy toward Venezuela, the administration refused to meet with Maduro's envoy.

"I can't deceive anybody, they are going to create grave difficulties, painful difficulties", he said. "You've been very courageous, actually", Trump said.

Josh Holt and his Venezuelan wife, Thamy, landed at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. There the couple and their daughter, Marian Leal, reunited with his family in a tearful meeting at the airport.

After almost two years of being imprisoned in Venezuela, a video from Sen.

"In the end, Corker was the closer", the official said.

The senators joined Holt, his wife, parents, the freed couple's daughter Marian, and other USA officials in the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

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Trump tweeted a second time Saturday, saying, "Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House".

"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 late Saturday night.

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

The government of Cuba was also helpful in pressuring Maduro as well as former Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, one official said.

Last week, the USA government denounced as a "sham" Maduro's recent victory in elections, in which he secured six more years in office.

The riot was followed by various demands by USA officials in Caracas to visit Holt so they could make sure his health was not in danger.

"Those two years, they were a very, very, very hard two years".

The Venezuelan president then retaliated by giving the two top United States diplomats in the country 48 hours to leave, accusing them of conspiring against his government.

Hatch also thanked Corker, who was involved with the negotiations and met with Maduro on Friday. On Friday, the government freed 20 political prisoners in the interior state of Zulia.

Holt's parents have said their son was kept in appalling conditions, with meager food and limited access to health services, at El Helicoide, the infamous political prison in central Caracas.

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