Venezuela ‘hostage’ flying home to meet family at White House


Josh Holt, the man with ties to Pocatello, and his wife Thamy has been released from a Venezuelan jail.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who has advocated for Holt's release, said he's "honored" to be able to finally reunite the Utah native with his family. "Good news about the release", he wrote.

The hostage "should be landing in [Washington, D.C.] this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M.", the president tweeted at 9:22 a.m.

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Mr. Corker, the Tennessee Republican who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, secretly met Friday with Mr.

The 26-year-old Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman he met online while he was looking for Spanish-speaking Mormons to improve his Spanish.

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". -Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington's refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new US sanctions on Caracas.

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

Senator Hatch said Holt was on his way to the United States and praised Corker's "pivotal efforts".

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, who is considered to have Mr. Trump's ear on Latin American issues, said the couple's "release will in no way change USA policy towards the dictatorship in Venezuela". Maduro went forward with a presidential election last week that the US has called a "sham".

Holt and his wife's release come less than a week after Maduro secured reelection in Venezuela's widely denounced presidential election.