Univision News Team Reportedly Released After Being Detained In Venezuela

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Editor’s Note: The story has been updated to reflect that Ramos and his team have been released from the presidential palace, according to latest reports.

A Univision News team headed by Jorge Ramos was released after being detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela on Monday night, according to the network.

They were reportedly there to interview Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, but he reportedly did not like their questions.

Kimberly Breier, the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, tweeted, “The State Department has received notification that the journalist and his team are detained against their will at the Miraflores Palace by Nicolás Maduro. We insist on his immediate release; The world is watching. .”

ROME, ITALY – DECEMBER 02: Father Mussie Zera (R)i, Chairman of Habeshia Agency Cooperation for Development, and Jorge Ramos, Senior News Anchor of Univision and Journalist, speak at the Fortune + Time Global Forum 2016 on December 2, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images for TIME)

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted, “Apparently was able to call his office & was in the middle of explaining that had detained him when the phone was taken from him & the call ended.”

Ramos and his team were reportedly later released, following detainment.

Maduro is currently battling to remain president, while the United States and many other countries have recognized Juan Guaido, the leader of Maduro’s opposition party, as the legitimate leader of Venezuela(RELATED: ‘All Options Are Open’: Trump Puts Venezuela Military On Notice)

Vice President Mike Pence was in Venezuela on Monday to announce new sanctions leveled against top officials in the Maduro regime.

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