Jorge Ramos, Univision anchorman, detained in Venezuela

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It added that the crew's technical equipment was confiscated. Maduro reportedly did not like the questions he was asked.

Kimberly Breier, the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Affairs tweeted the following statement on the Univision crew.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) who has been actively following the events in Venezuela and attempting to shape USA policy in the region, tweeted more details about the detention. After displaying the video, the Univision anchor said Maduro walked off the interview and summoned his communications minister, who told Ramos the interview had not been authorized.

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.

"This is an arrogant regime that feels invulnerable & is now acting with total impunity", Rubio tweeted in response to Ramos and his team's detainment.

Six Univision staff members are detained at Nicolás Maduro's presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

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In a speech, Pence urged regional partners to freeze oil assets controlled by Maduro, transfer the proceeds to Guaido, and restrict visas for Maduro's inner circle.

The United States no longer recognizes Maduro as the president of Venezuela.

"It's time to do more", the vice president said.

While Colombian authorities said more than 160 soldiers deserted their posts and sought refuge across the border over the weekend, the highest-ranking among them was a National Guard major.

The development came as the Trump administration announced new sanctions Monday on allies of Maduro amid its struggles to find ways to boost his opponent after an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation faltered amid strong resistance from security forces loyal to the socialist leader.