Veteran Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Briefly Detained at Venezuelan Presidential Palace

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However, Univision has had no contact with any team member, Janiot said.

The Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was detained while interviewing Venezuela President Nicholas Maduro. When they finally did have a chance to chat with Maduro, he apparently "didn't like" their questions. But "in the middle of the call, they took his phone away", Zamora said.

"They stole my work", Ramos said.

Spanish-language Univision and the US Department of State called on Mr Maduro to release the journalists after Ramos rang the network to say they had been detained.

Ramos, one of the most influential Spanish-speaking journalists in the US, told The Associated Press late Monday that Maduro cut short the interview after 17 minutes when he was shown video on an iPad shot a day earlier of young Venezuelans eating food scraps out of the back of a garbage truck.

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

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"Then we discussed the fraud [election] that happened here in May 2018, also the reports of torture and human rights abuses and political prisoners".

Venezuela's government denied Ramos' account.

"No", Sanders responded when anchor Jorge Ramos asked if he considered Maduro his country's "legitimate dictator". In one of the other interviews on Monday, Maduro told ABC's Tom Llamas that the USA government - which is backing opposition leader Juan Guaido - is "trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America".

'And I do find it interesting that Trump is very concerned about what goes on in Venezuela, but what about the last election that took place in Saudi Arabia? The taping finally started at 7 p.m., but ended within minutes.

The episode unfolded on the same day that US Vice President Mike Pence met with Guaido in Bogota, Colombia.

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