Jorge Ramos says he was detained in Venezuela amid Maduro interview

Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was detained by Venezuelan authorities on Monday after an interview with President Nicolas Maduro reportedly stormed out of what appeared to be a tough interview.

Ramos has previously angered one of Maduro's strongest critics: U.S. President Donald Trump, who famously had the journalist removed from a news conference on the campaign trail in 2015 when he asked about his anti-immigrant views toward Mexicans.

Venezuelan officials confiscated his and his crew's cellphones, equipment and the material of the interview, according to Ramos. After that, Maduro interrupted the interview and Information Minister Jorge Rodríguez went to Ramos and told him that the interview wasn't "authorized". Maduro about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which the socialist dictator blames on the U.S.

"StateDept has received word the journalist @jorgeramosnews and his team are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro".

Maduro, who began his second term as president in January, is not recognized by the USA or dozens of other countries as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

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Maduro has ordered a shipment of thousands of food boxes to be distributed to Venezuelans along the Colombian border. Guaido has said aid distribution is Venezuela's chief priority.

However, Univision has had no contact with any team member, Janiot said. "They have the interview".

Both the US and Mexican governments have shown their concern for Ramos's wellbeing after the news broke out.

When confronted by Llamas over reports by the United Nations and worldwide human rights NGOs that make his administration responsible for thousands of deaths related to our humanitarian crisis, Maduro not only denied it in the strongest terms, but repeatedly accused Llamas of lying. "And they're robbing us of our job".

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said a phone call from Ramos to Univision was shut off in the middle of a conversation.

"We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching", tweeted Kimberly Breier, assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.

  • Sonia Alvarado