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Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Detained By Venezuela’s President During Interview: ‘He Didn’t Like The Questions’

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Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Detained By Venezuela’s President During Interview: ‘He Didn’t Like The Questions’





Univision veteran anchorman Jorge Ramos and six of his staffers have been detained in Venezuela while conducting an interview with socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, according to a tweet sent by the network’s president Daniel Coronell.

Ramos, the top news anchor at Univision and one of the country’s most recognizable Mexican-Americans, and his team were detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas after their technical equipment was confiscated, Coronell said in the tweet.

According to the Spanish-language network, Maduro did not like the line of questioning during the interview.



Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier tweeted that the U.S. State Department had been notified and insisted “on their immediate release.”

“The world is watching,” Breier said.




During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump kicked Ramos out of a press conference during a tense exchange.

“Mr. Trump, I have a question,” Ramos said as he stood up in the front row of journalists.

“Excuse me,” Trump told Ramos. “Sit down. You weren’t called. Sit down.”

Ramos, holding a piece of paper, calmly tried to ask Trump about his plan to combat illegal immigration. “I’m a reporter, an immigrant, a senior citizen,” he said. “I have the right to ask a question.”

Trump interrupted, shouting, “Go back to Univision.” Then Trump motioned to one of his bodyguards, who walked across the room and physically removed Ramos from the room.

Trump later allowed Ramos back into the press conference, where the two engaged in several lengthy exchanges that dominated the remainder of the event.

UPDATE: Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and his team have been released, the network said.

“Confirmed: I’m speaking with Jorge Ramos,” tweeted Daniel Coronell, president of the Spanish-language network’s U.S. news division. “He and the other members of his team were released. The equipment and material from the interview that Nicolás Maduro did not like were confiscated.”


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