Venezuela president dines on 'Salt Bae' steaks while his nation starves

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2018

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dined on expensive steak at a "Salt Bae" restaurant in Istanbul, drawing condemnation back home, where an economy spiralling toward collapse has triggered a food crisis. I send a greeting from here to Nusret, who looked after us personally.

Video of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro eating in an upscale steak restaurant in Turkey has caused outrage in crisis-hit Venezuela. He showed us a museum when we were having lunch with him.

Hyperinflation and food shortages have led to record levels of child malnutrition and the average Venezuelan has lost 10 kg (22lb) in the past year.

In one of the videos, Maduro is seen sucking on a thick cigar taken from a box bearing his name engraved on a golden label, while receiving a T-shirt emblazoned with Gokce's face.

Maduro confirmed the visit in a state broadcast on Monday.

Rubio also tweeted the address of Gokce's Miami restaurant and along with the phone number, urging people to call.

'While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolas Maduro and Cilia enjoy one of the priciest restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people, ' tweeted opposition leader Julio Borges, the former head of Congress.

Florida senator Marco Rubio joined in the criticism of Maduro's dinner, encouraging others to voice their disappointment and sharing the information to Gokce's Miami restaurant.

"I don't know who this weirdo (hash) Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of Venezuela". Eighty-seven percent were assessed to live in poverty.

Gokce had published videos of Maduro's visit on his social media accounts thanking Maduro but soon deleted them from Instagram after he was inundated with thousands of angry messages. "He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition", Rubio wrote.

Gokce went viral in 2017 after posting videos of himself salting meat with a cobra-like manoeuvre. He owns several high-end restaurants, including Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Miami's Brickell neighborhood.

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