Trump: ‘American Hostage’ in Venezuela Has Been Released

President Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to announce that a Utah resident held in Venezuela for the past two years was now free and on his way to the White House. “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.,” Trump wrote. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) confirmed the news, saying in a statement that Joshua Holt and his wife Thamara were on their way "home" to the U.S. “after two years of hard work.” Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, was thrown in a Venezuelan jail in 2016 days after arriving to meet Thamara, whom he’d met online. He was accused of stockpiling weapons but was never given a trial. His release comes a week after he released a video plea begging Washington to save him during a prison riot.