Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

Joshua Holt and Thamara Candelo on their wedding day. Thamara's daughter Nathalia 7 is in the foreground

Saturday night's Oval Office celebration follows Trump's greeting at Joint Base Andrews earlier this month of three Americans released by North Korea in the lead-up to a planned summit with Trump.

The details of what led to Holt's release were not immediately clear. Trump said in a tweet. In a later tweet, Trump said, "Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House". "You've been incredibly courageous". Holt's mother told CNN he had not. In fact he has been held without trial by the Venezuelan government, on weapons charges United States officials have dismissed as trumped up.

US President Donald Trump said Holt would be received with his family at the White House on Saturday evening.

Their trial was set to begin this month after repeated delays that led the Trump administration to question the motives for his detention, although until Trump's tweet Saturday, the US had stopped short of publicly calling Holt a 'hostage'.

Holt was arrested about 18 months ago and accused of stockpiling a cache of weapons, including assault rifles and grenades, after he traveled to Caracas to marry his Venezuelan girlfriend. "The United States stands steadfast in support of the Venezuelan people and their efforts to return to democracy". The couple was joined by Sen.

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

Josh Holt and his Venezuelan wife, Thamy, landed at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. There the couple and their daughter reunited with his family in a tearful meeting at the airport. "I want to particularly thank Caleb McCarry, whose expertise and effort in Venezuela on my behalf has been instrumental in bringing Josh home". Holt has been in a Caracas jail without a trial for two years on what he has said are false weapons charges.

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The Mormon missionary, his Venezuelan wife Thamara Caleño and her daughter were seen embracing Holt's parents in a video released by the office of Senator Orrin Hatch.

News of Holt's return him was praised by others in Congress as well. Sen. A almost two-year nightmare behind bars ensued.

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.

An emotional video posted on Twitter by Sen. "I just want to ask and plead once again to my government, to my people, to my senators and to everyone in the U.S. to please not leave me alone here", he said in the clip.

"We're doing the things we can with the tools we can use to encourage the material regime to at least in this one instance do something right and let this fellow come back", Pompeo said at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing this week.

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