American, wife freed from Venezuela jail arrive in US

Trump says Venezuela is releasing American hostage

Jailed in Venezuela on weapons charges almost two years ago, Holt was released Saturday after a USA senator pressed for his freedom in a surprise meeting with President Nicolas Maduro.

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

Holt, a Utah citizen, and his wife Thamy, were returning to the United States and were expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted.

They touched ground in Washington D.C. Saturday before reuniting with family, and meeting with President Trump. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted he is "very happy for Josh Holt & his family".

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 USA had stopped short of publicly calling Holt a "hostage".

Maduro has blamed an "economic war" by the USA for his country's deteriorating finances and consequent social instability.

"You've gone through a lot, more than most people could endure", the President said to Holt as the two were seated side-by-side in the Oval Office.

A Utah man has been freed from Venezuelan prison where he was held on charges of stock-piling weapons.

The same day, he also posted a video saying "I've been begging my government for two years".

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Twitter that while he welcomes Holt home, "U.S. policy toward Venezuela remains unchanged". 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.

"It's incredible that you were able to take it. that was a tough situation", Trump said during a televised meeting at the Oval Office with Holt and his parents.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says he played a small role in bringing home a Utah man jailed in Venezuela for almost two years.

The Holts' direct family will be at the airport, along with U.S. Rep. Mia Love, who will ride with the family to Riverton for the community celebration, according to Saxton. Venezuelan officials released the Holts after high-level talks between President Nicolas Maduro and US lawmakers. Restatements of demands for his release were issued by senior U.S. politicians, and Todd Robinson, then the chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, showed up at Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Ministry in Caracas to demand information about his safety.

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

"I can't deceive anybody, they are going to create grave difficulties, painful difficulties", he said.

Last week, the United States government denounced as a "sham" Maduro's recent victory in elections, in which he secured six more years in office.

The State Department has called the weapons charges "questionable".

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