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American Joshua Holt Praises Trump After Being Released From Venezuela Prison

Joshua Holt, an American citizen who has been held captive in Venezuela since 2016, is back home in the United States.

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter on Saturday that Holt was released from prison in Venezuela and was getting on a plane to come to American soil on Saturday night.

“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!” he wrote.

“Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House. The great people of Utah are Celebrating!” the president wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love also celebrated Holt’s release on Twitter. “Josh Holt is on American soil again! His flight just landed in DC. Looking forward to seeing him!” she wrote.

https://twitter.com/RepMiaLove/status/1000509612519542784

Holt went to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Venezuelan Thamara Caleño. But he was arrested soon after his arrival and accused by the government of stockpiling an arsenal of weapons in an attempt to destabilize the Venezuelan government, CNN reported.

Holt was held in a Venezuelan prison for nearly two years with no trial. Two White House officials who spoke to CNN said that the United States “offered nothing” to Venezuela in exchange for Holt. The Holts were accompanied back to America by Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

Retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch issued a statement praising the release of Holt.

“I’m pleased to announce that after two years of hard work, we’ve secured the release of Josh and Thamy Holt, who are now on their way home to the United States from Venezuela,” he said.

“Over the last two years I’ve worked with two Presidential administrations, countless diplomatic contacts, ambassadors from 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 in Riverton,” he wrote.

President Trump held a press conference with Holt, his mother Laurie, Sen. Hatch, Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Love to welcome him home.

Holt’s mother praised President Trump and others for their work in bringing her son home. “It was a horrifying, horrifying week and [Rep. Love] got me through it,” she said.

“I just want to say thank you, to you personally, for everything that you’ve done,” she told President Trump.

The president received praise from the others who were present for the work he had done.

“Mr. President I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate you,” Sen. Hatch said. “This shows why we support you.”

“When you look back over your tenure in the presidency, this is just one of the many great things you’re doing,” he said.

“I think there isn’t a person in the United States right now that doesn’t realize that you have their back,” Rep. Mia Love told the president.

“I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude for you guys, for everything that you’ve done,” Holt told the president and the lawmakers who were there. “For the support of my wife for those two years. They were a very, very, very difficult two years. Not really the great vacation I was looking for.”

“I’m just so grateful for what you guys have done and for thinking about me and caring about me, just a normal person, so it really touches me and thank you,” he said.

Watch the press conference in its entirety.

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Carmine Sabia

Carmine began writing for BizPacReview in 2014 where he found success as a conservative writer. His popularity continued to soar as he gained tens of thousands of followers. He currently works as a managing editor for The Federalist Papers and as a writer and editor for Citizen Truth. ​Carmine has been quoted by Fox News, has been interviewed on television by Tomi Lahren, appeared on BBC Radio, "The Critical Hour" with Dr. Wilmer Leon, Sky News in the UK, NHK in Japan, Power 98.7 South Africa and various other media outlets.

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