Trump says detained American released in Venezuela


"I'm pleased to announce that after two years of hard work, we've secured the release of Josh and [his wife] Thamy Holt, who are now on their way home to the United States from Venezuela", Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted Saturday.

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

Maybe it was sanctions relief, a distraction from global condemnation of the election, an I.O.U. from Trump, or even a seat between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte at a future White House dinner, Kronick said in an email.

"The great people of Utah will be very happy!"

Holt, now 26, set out for the South American country in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while he was looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons who could help him improve his Spanish.

Earlier in May, Holt made an emotional plea for Americans' help in getting him out of the Caracas jail, saying in a clandestinely shot video that his life was threatened during a riot in the country's most-notorious prison.

Mr. Holt and his wife were believed to be at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas awaiting transportation to Washington in a chartered flight.

Holt, a Mormon, was being held at a prison in Caracas known as the Helicoide where political prisoners are held by the Venezuelan intelligence service Sebin.

Holt's family says "we are grateful to all who participated in this miracle".

There has not been any official confirmation or comment from President Nicolás Maduro's government. Orrin Hatch announced Saturday morning.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has Trump's ear on Latin America issues and spoke to Trump at length Friday night, said the couple's release "will in no way change USA policy toward the dictatorship in Venezuela". "I want to particularly thank Caleb McCarry, whose expertise and effort in Venezuela on my behalf has been instrumental in bringing Josh home". ". And I could not be more honored to be able to reunite Josh and his sweet, long suffering family in Riverton".

On May 17, Holt issued a plea on Facebook, asking the USA government to help him return home.