Riverton man freed from Venezuela jail after 2 years; family flies to D.C. for White House gathering
Here's the full story.Granted trump's state department
bloviated a bit when the Holt family was taken captive, but he (and they) are
not the ones who did the work and negotiation to get the Holt family released.
Kudos to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for
making the return possible. Although Corker sealed the deal in a few tense hours
in Venezuela's collapsing, crime-filled capital, the push to secure
Holt's release began months earlier by Corker's top Latin American
policy aide, Caleb McCarry, who both Corker, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, credited with
leading the painstaking, behind-the-scenes negotiations. These Senators and
their staff deserve full credit for effecting the Holt/Caleno family's
return. Kudos also to Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) for their
assistance. For the record -- after hearing of the attempts through a leak by
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), donnie tried to block any negotiations with Venezuela.
Let Orrin take a well deserved victory lap if he wants. he did good.
@one old man - May 26, 2018 5:04 p.m.Josh and wife are coming home and the
politicians are circling like vultures trying to get a chunk of the credit.------------------Let me correct your statement -- it should read:
"Josh and wife are coming home and trump is circling like a vulture trying
to get a chunk of the credit."Granted trump's state
department bloviated a bit when the Holt family was taken captive, but he (and
they) are not the ones who did the work and negotiation to get the Holt family
released. Sens. Corker (R-TN) and Hatch (R-UT) and their staff deserve full
credit for effecting the Holt/Caleno family's return. Kudos also to Sen.
Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) for their assistance. trump had
nothing to do with the negotiations that brought about the release of the Holt
family. For the record -- after hearing of the attempts through a leak by Sen.
Marco Rubio (R-FL), trump tried to block any negotiations with Venezuela.Sad that trump continually tries to take credit for work done by others.
Who is this Josh Holt?What did he do that is news worthy?Why is anybody making a big deal out of this?
@stand up for truthWhat did trump do specifically that facilitated
the release of this guy? The story didn’t state he did
anything yet trump supporters are praising him.
So very relieved and happy Josh is home with his sweet wife and family and
friends. WOW....what an ordeal.
I find it disgusting when people act so petty and small they cannot give credit
where credit is due. Some commenters here are so blind with Trump hatred that
they refuse to give him any credit for anything. Look, I did not vote for
Trump, but this is so petty and deplorable. You can dislike all the things you
want to about Trump but come on, give him credit when it is deserved. The
virtrile comments speak of the commenters more than of the object of their
I was so glad to wake up Saturday morning to this news! I don't know the
Holt family personally, but know several people who do know them. We are
definitely feeling grateful in Riverton today.
Obama had a rose garden Muslim themed reception for Bergdahl and his
parents....Don’t see why Libs are so upset that Trump wants to
welcome home another political prisoner that has been released! This is number
17 since Trump took office! The world is respecting America once again
following the last regimes apology tour strategy!
It is wonderful that Josh has returned. We have one more Utahn who I hope is
not forgotten and that is David Sneddon. Hopefully done of our delegation in
Washington will give up on getting him home from North Korea.As far
as the comments about President Trump or Senator Hatch taking credit for getting
Josh home, just remember President Ronald Reagan stating, ‘There is no
limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the
This whole story does NOT fit the narrative about Trump or the GOP.I
hope my progressive friends can get past it.Welcome home, Holt
We don't know all that went on to get him out. But the fact is, Trump is
President and he's out. But some of the comments not giving Trump some
credit are pathetic.
I'm so Glad that Heavenly Father secured this mans release! He obviously
heard the prayers of his children and once again has used one of his sons as an
instrument to negotiate this young mans release. What a wonderful Miracle!President Trump has a good heart, his like the prodigal son and most
people treat him like the brother treated the prodigal son, with contempt.
However the Father had mercy on his son and he saw more; he saw deep into the
heart and recognized a softening of heart. I am so grateful that
Jesus Christ will be my judge and judging by these comments, I bet President
Trump is grateful that he will be his judge also.
Thank God for President Trump. Making America Great Again one win at time.
Time for reality and personal responsibility Host's own mother begged
him to stay out of Venezuela, the country is involved in a civil war, the big
bad USA gets the blame rather than the incompetent bus driver who destroyed all
industry in the country. She said and I quote: "He won't listen
to anyone" Holt is completely responsible for foolishly making this
trip he was warned NOT TO take. With an unstable Banana Republic fueled by hate
towards the USA, the chances of something bad happening were great.His
actions created great urgency on the part of two State Departments, one
ineffective president and the current president who has an uncanny ability to
get the attention of despots. He claims he has never done anything wrong
in his life, I can think of a huge mistake, listening to himself while shutting
out wiser voices.
I am glad this issue is resolved and Mr Holt is back in the USA.But
Mr Trump should not be given the Credit, if any the question should be asked why
did it take so long?When Reagan won the Election the Hostages in
Iran were Instantly set on the path of Release, they (Iran) feared Reagan. Mr Trump has always bragged about being a "great negotiator"
this was not the case.Kudo's to Rep Love, for keeping the Issue
alive, and Sen Cooker.
What a blessing this is for Josh and his family! I can't even begin to
imagine what they went through over there. Thank goodness for the prayers and
all those who helped make this happen. I am so relieved and happy for Josh and
his family and wish them many wonderful, happy years ahead!
As much as everyone wants to see him, interview him, and hang out with him I
hope people will give them some breathing room. They have been through a
terrible and traumatic ordeal. This is a strange country for her. An
overwhelming ordeal for him. Glad this family got their prayers answered. Not
everyone does. Thanks to all those that helped secure their freedom. This case
is a good example of how much we can take for granted the great freedoms we
enjoy in this country. We forget do many can only dream of having what we have.
Lefty’s have short term memory problems.Remember Bowe
Bergdahl. Obama had a big press conference for that traitors return. And we
had to give up 5 terrorists prisoners to get him back. Obama and the left held
a White House garden press conference and a victory. What a joke.
Who cares who takes credit, the important part is Josh is home, Thanks to all
involved for the release of Josh.
I do believe Mr. Trump gets some credit for dealing with dictators. With all due
respect, I believe he is so unpredictable that the world's leaders
don't know what he is going to do in response to their actions. I don't believe that is to his credit. It just shows he understands them
because he is much like them, ruthless. That doesn't make him a good
president, it just makes him unlike any other president we've had, and
that's a bad thing.
I am certain that the liberal element among us really dislikes the success of
the Trump administration in this case. Keep resisting and see where that gets
you in the mid-term elections. You may be unpleasantly surprised. The message of resistance, appeasement, open borders, and higher taxes
doesn't seem to be resonating with those common folks at all. . . Yes, on
the coasts, it is, I grant you that, but not in flyover country.
This is great news.... and yes.... Trump (and his administration) should get
credit for bringing him home to his family. Nicely done.That said,
got to love the expression on Trump's face in the main photo clip. Here
is a moment that should be great from Trump, and yet they choose a clipping that
makes Trump look totally board by the experience. Very odd selection.
Joshua wouldn’t be home if it weren’t for the dedication and genuine
concern of the Pro-American Republican representatives and the Trump
administration. By their deeds ur shall know them.
@ Shaun - Sandy, UTMay 26, 2018 6:50 p.m."I am not
surprised trump is taking credit."We may not like Trump but he
is the POTUS and naturally will get the credit. Just like grad school, where a
grad student will do research to attain his or her Masters or PhD but the
Professor will always be the one to receive praise and decides the outcome of
whether the Masters or PhD candidate pass or fail, in the higher learning
I am not surprised trump is taking credit.
@impartial7I get that. Lest Mr. Holt or anyone else reading this
article is planning a trip to Venezuela, or Iran, or north Korea, or any other
country with limited diplomatic relationships with the United States,
don't. It's a bad idea. However, to say that there is "no
one to blame" is a little too much hyperbole for me right now. Of course
there are people to blame.To say that there is "no one else to
blame" while the guy is still in the air on the way home from this horrific
event is unfortunate.To say all of that in the guy's home town
paper and take a swipe at his marriage/wife, is deplorable with a capital T.
Josh and wife are coming home and the politicians are circling like vultures
trying to get a chunk of the credit.
Keep grinding that grist impartial but the conservatives done a good thing here
no matter how liberals want to spin it.
@Kenngo1969;"Impartial7 - Draper UT - "Question. Doesn't this
go against everything Trump says about immigration? A Venezuelan national [Josh
Holt's wife, Thamy], going to the head of the line?""Nope. I welcome correction if I'm wrong ... Immigration Law was Oh,
so long ago! ... but since she married an American, thereby, she becomes
eligible for Lawful Permanent Resident status. No line-jumping needed."That was kind of the policy up until 2013. Now, it's this (still
feel she's getting preferential treatment and hypocritical);The
application process for a green card based on marriage is long and complex. It
begins with the U.S. citizen or permanent resident (the "petitioner")
submitting a visa petition to USCIS, proving that you're married, and
requesting approval to move forward with your green card application. (In a few
cases, however, these two steps can be collapsed into one.) At the end of the
process, the immigrant will need to attend an interview at either a U.S. embassy
or consulate in his or her home country, or at an office of USCIS in the United
States. (In the latter case, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident spouse is
also expected to attend.)
Come on, people. A miracle has happened. Josh is home, along with his wife and
their children. Many hands made this possible. Everyone who helped,
congressmen/women, Senators, Diplomats, etc. should receive kudos for their
efforts. It took everyone involved to get the job done. I am elated about this,
as we all should be.And to thanks to President Maduro and President
Trump, and all the State Department workers for your hard work and many efforts.
You made it happen. And thanks to our men and women in the armed
services, helping to keep us safe.This is a win-win for our great
country, the United States of America.
Great news! Any news on his wife?
@I.M. Fletch - Salt Lake City, UTMay 26, 2018 1:16 p.m.@fani"He has no one to blame but himself for his 2 years in prison."With all due respect, there are plenty of unclean hands within the
Venezuelan government to blame for his unlawful detention.With all
due respect, Josh never should have never gone to Venezuela for a mail order
bride. He was advised against going by all those close to him as well as the US
State Department. Americans in Venezuela are kidnapping targets. Josh ignored
all the warnings and created his own situation. He was also trying to take his
bride back to the US without a Visa. You know how in Utah it is common to bill
out of bounds skiers and hikers for rescue costs? That needs to happen with
Josh. He never should have been there.
Some folks gotta try to find something wrong about this. Much like many libs
that want to see us fail in negotiations with NK. I just don't get it.
Never liked Obama, thought he was an amateur, but I was hopeful that he could
lead the Country in a productive way.
Impartial7 - Draper UT - "Question. Doesn't this go against everything
Trump says about immigration? A Venezuelan national [Josh Holt's wife,
Thamy], going to the head of the line?"Nope. I welcome
correction if I'm wrong ... Immigration Law was Oh, so long ago! ... but
since she married an American, thereby, she becomes eligible for Lawful
Permanent Resident status. No line-jumping needed.
'U.S. officials told the socialist Venezuelan government Holt's
release would be a "last-ditch effort to show that you're willing to
work with the United States."'I love it! This is how you
have to deal with these autocratic regimes! They have to be treated like
criminals about to face serious consequences for their actions unless they
cooperate. I imagine Corker saying to Maduro: "Hey dude, Trump is a loose
cannon. You and I both know, not even the Republicans can control him. He's
out gunning for you and looking for an excuse to pull the trigger. He's
going to use this hostage situation as a pretext for something neither of us are
going to like. Give me the prisoner as a last-ditch effort to show that
you're willing to work with the United States."Done!
I am delighted that Brother Holt and his wife are free. I am disgusted that
donnie is trying to turn this into a photo op and take credit for work done by
Interesting that you never hear of American Socialist moving to a Socialist
Great news!! But Orrin Hatch takes credit ... doubtful.
@fani"He has no one to blame but himself for his 2 years in
prison."With all due respect, there are plenty of unclean hands
within the Venezuelan government to blame for his unlawful detention.Best wishes to Mr. Holt and his family during his recovery.
Great that he"s coming home. But some will spin trash on Trump. Pathetic!
Welcome home Josh, glad you came back safe.We can all learn a
lesson. Best not to travel to countries that have strained relations with the
United States.Thank you Senator Corker of Tennessee.
Good news, glad for Josh and his family. Thanks President Trump, and others for
the result oriented people you are. I feel sorry for the citizens of Venezuela,
hope you can overthrow your dictatorial government and be free.
Great job by the State Department securing his release. Hopefully this ends a
very painful chapter in his families life.
Question. Doesn't this go against everything Trump says about immigration?
A Venezuelan national, going to the head of the line? What about applying
legally, and waiting 3 years? Plus, talk about Chain Migration- she gets to
bring her kids? Because her husband ignore warnings, including from the US State
Department, not to go to Venezuela to bring back a bride with no Visa, to the
US, they get preferential immigration treatment? Doesn't just encourage
Great news, thanks mostly to a bunch of people who never gave up (and who I hope
will get the credit they deserve for making this happen). But did
anyone happen to notice that Hatch, who is usually effusive in his praise of
Trump, didn't mention him at all in his press release? Plenty of praise
for Bob Corker, the Senate Foreign Relations committee and another individual,
but no Trump.Wonder why.
What a great answer from many prayers...so relieved they are coming home.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Holt, and a big thank you to President Trump,
Senators Hatch & Corker and their staffs, and Rep Love.President
Trump promised he would help the forgotten men and forgotten women of America,
and he has literally done that.Some would rather cut their tongues
out than admit this truth: that President Trump has a very big heart!
Wonderful news! Well earned thanks are in order for the Trump Administration and
everyone who helped free this young man.
@fani-WJ "He has no one to blame but himself for his 2 years in prison."
I beg to disagree, and your comment seems awfully judgmental to me. He did
nothing immoral or illegal, so I don't blame him; I blame those who
unjustifiably captured him and lied about him. This could happen to anyone. And
you don't need to travel to a foreign country to become a victim of bad
I would love to hear who actually convinced them to release him. May he recover
his health and get on with his life.
This is wonderful news. I do not who did what to get this done, but to all who
did anything, thanks!And to "at long last" - thanks again
for making it so clear that you can assert facts that you have no clue about.
Your agenda shows.
I cannot think of any President that has been more productive at helping America
than President Trump. In less than a month, 4 americans held captive by
Socialist/communist countries have been released. Not to mention the progress
in North Korea and elsewhere around the world...HIs accomplishments
in less than two years in office is uncountable.
Prayer works, and so does Senator Corker! Let us keep praying for Venezuela,
nation of 30 million people with little trade and commerce going on there,
garbage piling up on streets, few city services.
@at long last;"Glad Josh is out; Trump and his administration deserve
some credit. Hatch, not so much. . . Have you ever noticed that Hatch is all
about him in associating with anything positive - regardless of how minor and
insignificant a role he played."Exactly. Hatch thinks he speaks
for every Utah family and every mormon. I'm glad the kid is out, but now
look for him to be center ring for the Hatch and Trump self celebration party. I
hope the kid returns to a normal life and doesn't spend next year on the
talk show circuit, with his mom, promoting himself.
I recently commented on this issue in a previous story: " This is a hopeless
situation using the conventional diplomatic and hashtag approach. Fortunately,
we have somewhat of an iconoclast in the Whitehouse."In many
ways the jury is still out on Trump. There are a lot of things about him that
make me uncomfortable. But wow, he does know how to get stuff done! These
autocratic regimes are starting to respect America again. Congrats
to the Holt family! Kudos to the Trump Administration!
I would think a prison in Venezuela would be a pretty scary place to be in. VERY happy this young man is coming home!!!However, if I
understand correctly, he was in a home that had guns in them? And this
“crime” justified his incarceration? I guess their government
doesn’t guarantee them the right to bare arms in the case of governmental
tyranny? God bless the U.S.A.
So happy! Never met the man or his family, but for some reason I could not stop
thinking, and praying, for them last night. So wonderful! I hope his new
family is able to build a good life here in America.
Great news, but be smart next time! I can only imagine the pains his parents and
family went through during his 2 years in prison. If you are going to a country
with political unrest or does not have a good relation with America - isn't
the most logical is don't go? and if you do, be prepared for something like
this. He has no one to blame but himself for his 2 years in prison
This is great news. A huge win for the Holt family and the Trump
administration!God bless America!
President Trump just keeps on winning ! Hail to the Chief !!
That is so wonderful!
Hatch never fails to attempt to take a lot of credit when very little seems to
be due to him. Glad Josh is out; Trump and his administration deserve some
credit. Hatch, not so much. . . Have you ever noticed that Hatch is all about
him in associating with anything positive - regardless of how minor and
insignificant a role he played.
JOY! Although I don't know the Holt Family I have followed this
story for the last two years. I'm so happy that Josh and his wife have
been released. What a tremendous relief for their families. Hopefully after
this traumatic experience they can heal and move forward.
Yay!Happy for the Holt family.