May 26, 2018

Joshua Holt, U.S. citizen detained in Venezuela, has returned home

Joshua Holt and President Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands during a meeting with Joshua Holt after his return to the U.S. Photo: Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images

Joshua Holt, the U.S. citizen detained in Venezuela by the Maduro regime since the summer of 2016 has returned home following Trump's Saturday morning announcement.

What they're saying: President Trump congratulated Holt on his return saying "you were a tough one, I have to tell you, that was a tough situation," adding "you've gone through a lot, more than most people could endure." Holt, following Trump's remarks in the Oval Office, expressed his saying, "I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude for you guys for everything that you've done," explaining his time detained in the crime-stricken country had "been a very, very difficult two years." [Go deeper: Why it matters: The release of U.S. citizen Joshua Holt from Venezuela]

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