Univision journalists freed after being detained at Venezuelan presidential palace

Univision's Jorge Ramos learned just how oppressive the Venezuelan regime under President Nicolas Maduro is when he was detained at the Presidential Palace on Monday.

Univision also said the team's technical equipment was taken away.

"This is a complete violation of the freedom of expression, a violation of human rights, a violation of the rights of all journalists", Ramos told his colleague and fellow anchor Patricia Janiot.

Meanwhile, the US government has taken a definitive position on Maduro, no longer acknowledging him as the leader of Venezuela.

Though Univision's USA news president Daniel Coronell tweeted the crew had been released and we're going back to their hotel, no phone contact has been made with the crew. "They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions", Univision tweeted.

Veneuzela on Tuesday deported a celebrated USA television anchor from the country, after his interview with President Nicolas Maduro turned sour and he was briefly detained for asking unpalatable questions. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential election, hemmed and hawed when asked if Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is a dictator.

The U.S. and other nations have demanded Maduro step down and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader.

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

In addition, Ramos said at the end of the interview he showed Maduro a video shot last Sunday of three children in Venezuela behind a trash truck looking for food.

Kimberly Breier, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, confirmed the reports on Twitter, saying the team had been "held against their will" at Maduro's presidential palace.

"If this is happening to foreign journalists, imagine what happens to Venezuelans", Ramos told Janiot.

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