Josh & Thamy Holt released from Venezuela

| May 27, 2018 | 24 Comments

According to CNN, Josh & Thamy Holt were released from imprisonment in Venezuela after two years. The Trump Administration says that they did not give up anything to the Madura government in exchange for their release;

Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Venezuelan Thamara Caleño, according to news reports. He was arrested shortly afterward and accused by the Venezuelan government of stockpiling weapons and attempting to destabilize the government, according to The Washington Post. Holt was held for nearly two years without standing trial.

Holt and his wife were freed overnight and released to the US Embassy in Caracas, according to Foro Penal, a human rights organization of lawyers and others who assist political prisoners in Venezuela. The couple was joined by Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee as they flew back to the US on Saturday afternoon.

Holt, a Utah native, arrived at the White House with his wife, Thamy, who had also been imprisoned, shortly after flying back from Venezuela. After the flight landed, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who said earlier in the day that his office helped secure Holt’s release, posted a video to Twitter showing Holt reuniting with his family.

In his remarks from the White House, Trump thanked Hatch along with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mia Love of Utah. The President also took the opportunity to highlight the release of other Americans held prisoner abroad, including the recent release of three Americans who had been detained by North Korea.
“You were a tough one, I have to tell you, that was a tough situation,” the President said to Holt, adding that he is “very proud” of the administration’s overall track record.

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  1. Sparks says:

    It is so good to have competent adults running the country. Welcome home folks!

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Good job, well done.

  3. David says:

    One has to wonder if at some point in discussions, someone may have speculated on the impact to Venezuela’s economy if, say, oil tankers to or from there decided to visit other countries instead. Just as a what-if, you understand.

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Ranging from college students caught shoplifting to a couple — an American woman and a Canadian man — who had three children while in captivity, below are an account of some of the U.S. hostages liberated under the Trump administration:

    •Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim: All three Korean-Americans, accused by the Kim Jong-un regime of anti-state activities. The North Korean regime imprisoned them for terms ranging between one and two years. The three young men are expected to reach U.S. soil in the early hours of Thursday.

    •Aya Hijazi: The Trump administration negotiated the April 2018 release of aid worker Aya Hijazi, imprisoned in Egypt for three years. She was liberated soon after a meeting between President Trump and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to secure Hijazi’s release. Ultimately, the Egyptian judicial system acquitted her of charges of child abuse that human rights groups and U.S. officials deemed baseless.

    •Sabrina De Sousa: The Trump administration won the release in March 2018 of the former CIA agent who was scheduled to be extradited from Portugal to Italy over the kidnapping of radical Egyptian Muslim cleric Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Referring to her release, Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), a spokesman for De Sousa, told Fox News, “I can confirm that this wouldn’t have happened without extraordinary help from the Trump administration.”

    •UCLA Basketball Players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill: In November 2017, President Trump personally took credit for asking his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to release the three players held in the communist country for shoplifting. Chinese authorities accused them of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. President Trump wrote on Twitter after the players returned home, “You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible.”

    •American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle, and their three children: The Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist group the Haqqani Network, deemed by the Pentagon as the top threat facing U.S. troops in Afghanistan, kidnapped the couple in October 2012. Haqqani terrorists held them for five years until their release in October 2017. The couple had three children while they were held captive.

    •Otto Warmbier: The Trump administration negotiated the release of the 21-year-old American student in June 2017 after he was detained by the Kim regime for 17 months for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in his hotel. He died shortly after he was returned to the United States in a coma.

    •Sandy Phan-Gillis: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) credited President Trump for providing “leadership” in communist China’s decision to “deport” the Houston businesswoman in April 2017. The Chinese judicial system had sentenced her to three and a half years in prison on espionage charges.

    Breitbart News Link

    I don’t recall any huge sums of tax dollars and/or the release of GTMO terrorists in exchange for the return of any of these American hostages.

    • Mason says:

      Damn, I forgot about some of those. That’s an impressive track record of deal making. And to the benefit of the US and not some third world shit hole.

      If you watch the MSM though, he only does this to distract from his collusion and Stormy Daniels.

  5. 3/10/MED/b says:

    Oh no, not facts!! How dare you confuse us with the facts!! /sarc

  6. Yef says:

    But, President Trump doesn’t have good intentions. The intentions are what really matter.

  7. 26Limabeans says:

    Bernie has no comment

  8. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    I stay away from lame street media TV like LSMFT/CNN or is it msnbc????????????

  9. timactual says:

    You would think that by now people would realize that traveling to some countries is playing Russian roulette. I have lost sympathy for those who insist on traveling to places like N. Korea, Iran, etc.

    Firemen run into a burning house to save lives. “Hostage” types run into a burning house because they are stupid. Firemen are justly celebrated. “Hostages” are not.

    • 2/17 Air Cav says:

      I’ll forgive this one. Love makes the smartest people do the stupidest things. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly agree with you. The only captives Trump’s immediate predecessor in office freed were terrorists and Americans serving sentences for drug distribution.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      Whatever the circumstances, it is in our national interest to make it clear that taking US Citizens hostage is neither profitable, nor advantageous.

      Ideally, it would not be -surviveable-.

  10. Frankie Cee says:

    This latest release, and the others, mentioned above, by AW1Ed, will not get nearly the coverage that they deserve from our terribly biased media. Nor will the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers, give credit to the administration for doing the right thing, and committing some seriously great negotiations. It is so refreshing to have the adults in charge again.

  11. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    OF COURSE the mainstream mess media will censor this out of their coverage all they can, nearly everyone that works there has Trump Acceptance resistance Disorder (TARD) to the point where it makes them Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder Operatives (TARDOs) and their top News Yaps are Really Exceptional Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder Operatives (RETARDOs), see Rachel Madcow for illustration.

  12. Stephen F. McCartney, M.D. says:

    So glad he is home. Two years is a long time. Did his parents, or others bring him food, or pay bribes for his rather healthy appearance ?
    Prison there for 2 years would likely cause a fellow to drop off a lot of stored fat.

    Glad his wife made it here.

    CAPT Bones USN (ret)

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      The report yesterday was that Holt had lost a considerably amount of weight while he was in prison. In my view, it did him no harm to do so. If he was overweight when he went there two years ago, he looks much better now.

    • Bob Armstrong says:

      CAPT McCArtney – I have a friend who is trying to reach you. Former Marine. Can you shoot me your email address so I can forward it to her? She’s Lynn Wisehart.

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