Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump Secures Utah Missionary's Release Who Has Tearful Reunion With Parents

Trump Secures Utah Missionary's Release Who Has Tearful Reunion With Parents

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 JusticeforJosh Facebook page posted an invitation for anyone interested to welcome Josh and Thamy Holt at the airport terminal. His grandmother draped an American flag around his shoulders as he exchanged long hugs with person after person while the crowd sang "The Star-Spangled Banner".

"I also want to say thank you to President Maduro for releasing Josh and letting him come home", she said.

Standing nearby were his parents, celebrating a homecoming they'd worked tirelessly to bring about. Josh Holt said he was "overwhelmed with gratitude" after the "very, very, very hard two years" he spent in Caracas.

American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country's socialist government unexpectedly released them. So they braced for another disappointment after an Associated Press reporter informed the couple Friday that Sen.

Months of secret, backchannel talks between an aide to Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and close allies of Maduro preceded their return. "Not everybody gets to talk to Sen".

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

"This just symbolizes the final justice that he has gotten", Rogers said. "So you really have been very, very fearless", Trump said.

"Holt's continued imprisonment was a thorn in the side", he said. "We just have to give him time".

He was held for almost two years in Venezuela without going on trial. Holt planned to return to the United States with his new wife and two stepchildren, but they never made it back.

He was trying to secure visas for Candelo and her daughter when he was arrested for allegedly stockpiling weapons for the objective of overthrowing Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. And that seems to have been the key to getting Holt released.

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The White House action would complicate Venezuela's efforts to sell off financial IOUs known as "accounts receivable".

Hatch said in a statement that Corker had been "pivotal" in the effort to secure Holt's release, although the Tennessee lawmaker downplayed his role as "small". All the officials agreed to discuss details of the negotiations only on condition of anonymity.

After expressing her gratitude to Trump for securing her son's release, Holt's mother Laurie also thanked the Venezuelan leader. But when his involvement in the case was revealed by the AP it was met with skepticism because he had also been funding the defense of two nephews of First Lady Cilia Flores who were convicted in NY in 2016 of drug trafficking. "It's really special to have you both", the president told Mr. Holt and his bride, Thamy Holt, on Saturday.

The nephews are still imprisoned.

US officials all along considered the charged bogus.

At the time, Venezuelan authorities declined to receive him.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while welcoming Holt's release, stressed that "U.S. policy toward Venezuela remains unchanged".

At the end of the spray, Trump said that he wanted to make comments on North Korea.

"In my conversations privately, I could not be more strident in my criticisms of the way the Venezuela government has handled itself".

Trump said Holt was inside the Helicoide prison during a rebellion against guards last week. "Not really the great vacation I was looking for".

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