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Ruperti flew to Salt Lake to meet her family and had been paying for Holt's lawyers. Holt - as he said, he'd been held for almost two years.

"They were a very, very hard two years", he continued.

Holt joked that the time he spent in Venezuela was "not really the great vacation that I was looking for", and said that he was "so grateful", describing himself as "a normal person". Starting off a marriage rough, but now we're going to be together. President Trump welcomed Josh Holt at the White House last night, saying Holt had dealt with more than most people could endure. You've gone through a lot.

Holt is a native of Utah. They reunited with family in Washington D.C. and were greeted by President Donald Trump and other lawmakers including Senators Orrin Hatch, Mike Lee and Representative Mia Love.

Their release came one day after Sen. Bob Corker, Utah Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee as they flew back to the U.S. on Saturday afternoon.

"I have to tell you". But, you know, opposition is really growing. "But we've had 17 [people jailed] released and we're very proud of that record". I mean, we are seeing a moment of increasing tensions between the United States and Venezuela with new sanctions and other heated rhetoric. We have an American there that we desperately want to get back, Joshua Holt. "We have others coming", he said, singling out pastor Andrew Brunson, held by Turkey since an attempted coup in 2016. "So we've been working very hard on it". "We have three wonderful people - Americans - that were released just recently".

I interviewed Holt's family afterwards, at their apartment.

The whole family was whisked away to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump before Josh Holt and his wife checked into a government hospital for a battery of medical tests.

They were being accompanied by US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who met on Friday with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Corker's office said.

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

The release of Joshua Holt does not change United States policy, and will continue to use all available tools and options to pressure the Maduro regime to abide by democratic norms, and will continue to build a broad worldwide coalition of like-minded partners who want to see the return of democracy to the people of Venezuela.

The Venezuelan government said the couple were freed in a goodwill gesture to the United States. Authorities arrested him on June 30, 2016 and accused him of using his wife's apartment in Caracas to stockpile weapons and suggesting his case was linked to other unspecified USA attempts to undermine President Maduro's rule amid deep economic and political turbulence.

Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry a woman, Thamara Candelo, who he met online. The Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro two days after the embattled socialist leader kicked out the top US diplomat in the country. He didn't have a trial.

An American and his wife held almost two years in a Venezuelan jail received a hero's welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday following their release - a move by sanctions-hit Caracas in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington.

"I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude", Holt told Trump.

Holt's mother Laurie did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "And she [Love] got me through it, with Senator Hatch". Thank you very much.

For many in the Riverton community, the past two years have been a constant fight to bring Josh back home.


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