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Sen. Hatch Shares Heartwarming Moment Newly-Released American Prisoner Is Reunited With His Family
Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2018 | Lauretta Brown

Posted on 05/26/2018 6:33:50 PM PDT by Kaslin

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) shared the heartwarming moment Saturday that Utah native Joshua Holt and his wife were reunited with his parents after two years of imprisonment by the Venezuelan government.

Reunited. pic.twitter.com/Lb43PfEVXQ— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) May 26, 2018

Holt, a Mormon, flew to Venezuela to marry Venezuelan resident Thamara Holt, who he had met online. Venezuela has held Holt and his wife on weapons charges without a trial since 2016.

Sen. Hatch first announced news of Holt's release on Twitter early Saturday.

Holt’s parents, Jason and Laurie Holt, expressed their gratitude and eagerness to be reunited with their son.

“As announced by the president, our son and his wife will be released today. We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the Holt family said before meeting their son at the airport. “We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews and statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”

The couple was released shortly after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) met with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. He said in a statement that, at Sen. Hatch’s request, he began discussions with the Venezuelan government about Holt earlier this year and was “honored to play a small role in bringing Josh and his wife home to the United States.”

My full statement on the release of Josh and Thamy Holt: pic.twitter.com/FsJlzpDy4v— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) May 26, 2018

The couple will be meeting with President Trump at the White House this evening.

Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House. The great people of Utah are Celebrating!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: orrinhatch; prisoner; venezuela
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1 posted on 05/26/2018 6:33:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I am happy this man is now home.

However, there are innumerable women whom this man could have found right here in the US.

slinking off to a foreign country to find a wife is rather distasteful to me.

especially slinking off to a crappy, Socialist country to find a spouse.


2 posted on 05/26/2018 6:37:29 PM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: Kaslin

Later, leftist Antifa thugs will beat them to death for denying the glory of socialism.


3 posted on 05/26/2018 6:37:36 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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"Later, leftist Antifa thugs will beat them to death for denying the glory of socialism."

Having to put up with Senator Hatch's BS for any period of time will serve as punishment enough.

4 posted on 05/26/2018 6:49:42 PM PDT by wmileo
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To: Kaslin

I watched it live and noted that they “all” thanked President Trump!!


5 posted on 05/26/2018 6:53:56 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: stinkerpot65
Later, leftist Antifa thugs will beat them to death for denying the glory of socialism.

On a side note, look at the Antifa stooges from corrupt leftist academia now. Where are those black masked AH's? No where to be seen. Their stock severely plummeted.☺

6 posted on 05/26/2018 6:56:50 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: txnativegop

Back in the 90’s I had a PC that I built, and an internet connection. A friend of mine would come over once a week just to visit a singles chat room. Eventually, he decided to open a singles chat for Christians when MSN had that. Facebook wasn’t a thing yet. It didn’t take but a few weeks for his chatroom to hop big time. There were hundreds of chatters in his room. One day he received an email from a woman, and they hit it off. She was from the Philippines, a doctor. He had a face impediment and so did she. It wasn’t very long before they met in person, she was living in Canada, so she flew in to meet him. Over a year or two, they fell in love, and they married. But she had to return to Canada because her visa ran out. He put the process thru the paces, and got her to be able to come in legally as a permanent resident. And then she became a citizen, got her pharmacy licence because the US wouldn’t accept her MD credentials, but did honor some of her efforts.

They’ve been married ever since, and have a child.

He’d been all over the world during his years in National guard, but that special someone wasn’t found till that chatroom happened. It took almost two years from their wedding until she could come “home” to her new husband, but they did it. It was agonal for them at times.

There may be 350 million or so people in this country, but you never know where this special person will be found.

Both of them relief heavily on God to bring them together from around the world.

I do hope this Neely freed man and his wife, the best.


7 posted on 05/26/2018 7:19:10 PM PDT by PrairieLady2
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Maybe she was a fellow Mormon? Who knows why people do the idiotic things they do.


8 posted on 05/26/2018 7:21:16 PM PDT by akalinin
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Hatch gave zero credit to POTUS


9 posted on 05/26/2018 7:27:14 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: zeebee

Yes he did


10 posted on 05/26/2018 7:33:01 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("The press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood."Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin

Wonderful news.


11 posted on 05/26/2018 7:37:14 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: txnativegop

That did seem a little odd. Just heard on TV that he met her on the Internet.


12 posted on 05/26/2018 7:38:33 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: PrairieLady2

Lovely story. Thanks for sharing it. :-)


13 posted on 05/26/2018 7:48:21 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: zeebee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL5nwiuXvwA

Go to 8:41 where Orrin Hatch says to President Trump “I think you’re doing a terrific job; this shows why...”


14 posted on 05/26/2018 7:48:41 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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Neither his tweet nor his written statement mention d POTUS. Unless I missed something.


15 posted on 05/26/2018 8:06:39 PM PDT by zeebee
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Had been looking for that clip Might have known you’d post it. Thanks for all you do!


16 posted on 05/26/2018 8:32:08 PM PDT by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT Q)
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To: Kaslin

scratching my head why he’s so husky...


17 posted on 05/26/2018 8:53:48 PM PDT by stylin19a (Best.Election.of.All-Times.Ever.In.The.History.Of.Ever)
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To: zeebee

Listen to the video and his comments.


18 posted on 05/26/2018 8:55:03 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: PrairieLady2

Well, there ya go.

I do think some Freepers could be a tad less judgmental.

So he met a woman online. Lots of people meet that way these days. He didn’t deserve to be thrown into a Venezuelan prison over it.


19 posted on 05/26/2018 10:12:10 PM PDT by jazminerose (Adorable Deplorableu)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Orrin has be in in the senate for 128 years, he had plenty of time to get our hostages released. Let’s be honest here. It was President Trump who got this guy out.


20 posted on 05/26/2018 10:14:41 PM PDT by jazminerose (Adorable Deplorableu)
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