The family's release came one day after Tennessee senator Bob Corker held a surprise meeting in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whom the Trump administration says runs a "dictatorship" and just won re-election in a "sham" vote.
Maduro ordered the couple's release as a "gesture" aimed at promoting dialogue between Caracas and Washington, Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told reporters in Caracas.
But US officials immediately squelched any suggestion that punitive measures against Venezuela would be eased after the release of Joshua Holt, 26, and his wife Thamara Caleno. Rubio warned that Lacava, who embraces the nickname Dracula for his habits of tweeting and patrolling around his state late at night in a Batmobile-like vehicle, was reportedly involved in money laundering, making him too toxic for a White House bent on punishing such criminal activity. Bob Corker, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, Sen.
United States sanctions on Venezuela will continue, Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite the release of an American and his wife from a Venezuelan jail.
"I want to thank your parents for being such loving parents", the president told Holt's mom and dad.
"We could nearly write a book about the past 48 hours", Corker said.
Holt joked that the time he spent in Venezuela was "not really the great vacation that I was looking for", and said that he was "so grateful", describing himself as "a normal person".
"It's awesome that you were able to take it. that was a tough situation", Trump said during a televised meeting at the Oval Office with Holt and his parents. "You've been incredibly courageous".
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The release of Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, comes despite deepening U.S.
The President announced on Saturday morning that Holt had been released from prison in Venezuela and was expected to land in D.C. that evening.
Trump responded by calling Holt fearless.
Holt traveled to Venezuela in June 2016 to marry Venezuelan Thamara Caleño, according to news reports.
In a story May 26 about the release of an American jailed in Venezuela, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the USA government had imposed sanctions on Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores. I've been begging my government for two years. His family says Holt was framed on the weapons charges and the United States accused Caracas of using him as a bargaining chip in sanctions talks. "And they're now home, safe with their families".
An American couple who spent almost two years in a Venezuelan jail received a heroes' welcome at the White House as they returned home Saturday after Caracas freed them in a bid to spur dialogue with Washington.
Months of secret, backchannel talks between an aide to Mr Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and close allies of Mr Maduro preceded their return.
Fear of President Trump's commitment and decisiveness to help our people was the fundamental pivotal in the Holt case, and not what Senator Corker wrongly concluded, that "there are people who really want to affect the relationship in a good way" in the Venezuelan regime. "Senator Hatch has worked tirelessly on the Holt family's behalf, and I was honored to play a small role in bringing Josh and his wife home to the United States".