Venezuela has freed US missionary Josh Holt, Trump says

29 May, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Bert Pena
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The facts are that, regardless of his good efforts, as well as those of his colleagues Senators Hatch and Durbin, Maduro used Corker as a cover to liberate Holt in order not to appear that he was delivering him to President Trump, who has been the most forceful United States president in defense of our rights to recover our freedom.

In their statement, the Holt family said, "We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish".

"I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude for you guys for everything that you've done", Holt said, adding that it had been a "very, very hard two years".

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

But US officials immediately squelched any suggestion that punitive measures against Venezuela would be eased after the release of Joshua Holt, 26, and his wife Thamara Caleno. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, Sen.

Relationships formed in the now-defunct group were also instrumental in securing the release of another American accused of spying, documentary filmmaker Tim Tracy, who spent a month in a Venezuelan jail in 2013.

"I want to thank your parents for being such loving parents", the president told Holt's mom and dad. While there was a long hug Saturday evening she said they've had very little time to speak to her son. "I need your help to get me out of this place", Holt said in the video. "Not really the great vacation I was looking for".

As the two posed for photos, surrounded by Holt's family and several other lawmakers, Trump told Holt, "You've gone through a lot". "You've been incredibly fearless". Holt's mother told CNN he had not.

Holt's release comes a day after Sen.

The president met with Josh Holt Saturday at the White House, just moments after he touched down on USA soil with his wife.

In June 2016, Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Venezuelan Thamara Caleno.

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In a story May 26 about the release of an American jailed in Venezuela, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the US government had imposed sanctions on Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores.

For the next two years, Holt endured a living hell.

Venezuela has released an American who had been held as a prisoner there for two years. So they braced for another disappointment after an Associated Press reporter informed the couple Friday that Sen.

Josh's family says they are humbled by the outpouring of support.

"Over the past two years I've worked with two presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors all over the world, a network of contacts in Venezuela and President Maduro himself, and I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh with his sweet, long-suffering family", Hatch said in a statement.

There is no doubt that Maduro was also hoping that the Republican Senator holding the position of Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee could help them to reverse or to stop more sanctions.

After expressing her appreciation to the president and USA officials Holt's mother Laurie added: "I also want to say thank you to President Maduro for releasing Josh and letting him come home".

He said the administration is working to free other prisoners, including a North Carolina preacher who is imprisoned in Turkey on terrorism charges.

"Josh & Thamy Holt had nothing to do with internal politics in #Venezuela", Rubio tweeted.

Holt and his wife were held at the Holicoide prison in Caracas where Venezuela's Sebin intelligence service is known to hold political prisoners. A almost two-year nightmare behind bars ensued.

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