Trump says detained American released in Venezuela

On one gold couch in the Oval Office sat Holt's family, and on the other couch sat Sen.

In a statement, Holt's relatives gave thanks "to all who participated in this miracle". The statement calls for free, fair and transparent elections consistent with the constitution of Venezuela, dismissing its May 20 elections as illegitimate.

Utah Representative Mia Love also welcomed Holt and thanked President Trump for his efforts on guaranteeing his release.

The release came two weeks after North Korea released three American hostages ahead of a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un - a meeting Trump canceled but has since said could be rejuvenated.

The release comes amid a shaky period in U.S. -Venezuela relations and just days after Maduro won reelection in a vote that has been widely denounced as illegitimate. In retaliation, socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, a powerful ally of Maduro, said on state television that Holt was the CIA's top spy in Latin America.

"I just want to welcome you to the Oval Office, welcome you to the White House", Trump said. They seem to be doing things, but I'm still here and now my life is threatened. And there were few signs it might be willing to let him or his Venezuelan wife, Thamara CaleƱo, go.

At 10 that night, a warden asked to see them, then every two hours afterward they were awakened to have their pictures taken as part of a heightened security protocol.

Maduro has insisted Venezuela is the victim of an "economic war" waged by the conservative opposition and external powers including the United States aimed at toppling him.

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Joshua Holt, 26, and his wife arrived on Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport. The official isn't authorized to speak about the matter by name.

Eva Golinger, a New York-based immigration lawyer once dubbed the "sweetheart" of Venezuela's socialist revolution by former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said on Twitter that Maduro freed Holt as a gesture to gain legitimacy and win the lifting of US sanctions.

The Venezuelan economy is in shambles, with hyperinflation expected to hit 13,000 percent this year and dire shortages of food that have driven hundreds of thousands of citizens to pour into neighboring Colombia and Brazil.

Corker on Saturday boarded a jet outside of Caracas with Joshua Holt and his wife destined for Washington.

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. "... There was "no quid pro quo or agreement to ease USA sanctions tied to" his release".

He says fellow Republican Sen.

Still, when Corker left for Caracas on Friday it was still unclear if Maduro would follow through on his pledge to release Holt, the officials said.

Holding McCarry's hand throughout the delicate talks was "Dracula" - Rafael Lacava, the governor of central Carabobo state and a trusted ally of Maduro who also was close to the Boston Group members.

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