Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier sat down with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for a powerful interview Monday on "Special Report."

The exclusive interview came amid ongoing violence in Nicaragua, as anti-government demonstrators are demanding Ortega's exit from office.

The government says more than 200 people have been killed since the unrest began April 19, but independent rights groups say the number is higher.

Ortega helped lead the 1979 revolution that overthrew dictator Anastasio Somoza, but was voted out of power in 1990. He returned in 2007, concentrated the power of the judicial and legislative branches and overturned term limits.

Baier confronted Ortega on his efforts to hold on to power.

On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke out against the violent crackdown on protesters, warning that "the possibility of a civil war in Nicaragua is real." He declared in a CNN interview that Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, have "no future" as leaders of the Central American nation. 

Ortega has also recently reportedly called Catholic church's priests "coup-mongers," while the church believes it is under attack from Ortega.

Ortega claimed that "none of the peaceful demonstrations have been attacked" by his government or its proxies.

He also dismissed an upcoming resolution in the U.S. Congress condemning the violence in Managua.

"We are a country in this hemisphere... [W]e have strong links of all types with the American people," Ortega said.

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