Jorge Ramos, Univision crew released after being detained in Venezuela

Jorge Ramos

Univision President Daniel Coronell said the team was released later Monday after speaking with Maduro's communications minister but said he had not yet spoken with Ramos.

The Univision news crew briefly detained in Venezuela Monday angered embattled President Nicolas Maduro when they showed him a video of young people eating from a garbage truck amid a widespread food shortage in the country. More than 50 foreign countries, including the US and Canada, have recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The network also reported the team's recording equipment was confiscated before being released.

'They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions.

Kimberly Breier, the State Department's assistant secretary in the bureau of Western hemisphere affairs, tweeted that the State Department had been told of the detention and "insist on their immediate release; the world is watching". The Univision team left after two hours without having their equipment returned.

Univison said earlier Monday that Ramos and his crew were "arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace" because Maduro "didn't like their questions" they were asking him.




Florida Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio called the action unacceptable.

Also in the Facebook video, Ramos explained that he and his team were separated after the interview was ended.

The Univision anchorman who frequently crossed swords with President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign was detained while interviewing Venezuela's socialist president.

"The illegitimate Maduro regime's attempts to blockade worldwide aid intended for the Venezuelan people are shameful", said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement Monday.

"It's time to do more", Pence said.

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