Pres. Trump Welcomes US Citizen Jailed In Venezuela To White House
Pres. Trump Welcomes US Citizen Jailed In Venezuela To White House
American 'hostage' Josh Holt has been released from Venezuela, Trump says
29 May, 2018, 08:03
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media as he greet Josh Holt, an American missionary who was released by Venezuela, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2018.
Holt and his wife were freed overnight and released to the US Embassy in Caracas, according to Foro Penal, a human rights organization of lawyers and others who assist political prisoners in Venezuela.
Hatch thanked Bob Corker of Tennessee, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, who met Maduro on Friday.
Trump invited Joshua Holt, 26, of Riverton, Utah, and his family to the White House after Holt's expected arrival in Washington on a flight out of Venezuela. Orrin Hatch. Holt's wife, Thamy, has also been released, Hatch said.
"Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House", Mr. Trump tweeted. A day earlier, he described the encounter between Maduro and Corker as "a very good meeting; it is good news for the Venezuelan people".
Trump later hosted the family in the Oval Office and told Holt he was "brave" and "went through a lot".
Bob Corker, R-Tenn., held a surprise meeting in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who the Trump administration says runs a "dictatorship" and just won re-election in a "sham" vote. The family was greeted that night at the White House by President Donald Trump. Josh Holt said he was "overwhelmed with gratitude" after the "very, very, very hard two years" he spent in Caracas.
In a statement Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo nodded to the efforts of those who had followed Holt's plight.
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Holt said he was "overwhelmed with gratitude" to those who urged his release.
Trump told Holt that he had been "incredibly brave" to endure nearly two years in a Venezuelan prison. "I need your help to get me out of this place", Holt said in the video.
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"I can't deceive anybody, they are going to create grave difficulties, painful difficulties", he said.
"We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish", Holt's family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Saturday.
He recently appeared in a secretly shot video in which he begged for help from the US government, and claimed his life was being threatened. Police allegedly found a cache of weapons and evidence he was involved in the assassination plot of a Venezuelan official.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this week that his team had been focused on Holt's return, but that their ability had been diminished after the president of Venezuela expelled the top two USA diplomats in the country on Tuesday.
Maduro won a second six-year term in office May 20 in an election that the USA and other countries have described as a "sham" after several rivals were prohibited from running.
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