Viral video of Venezuelan president with Turkish celebrity chef sparks outrage

Pauline Gross
September 21, 2018

The senator threw more salt on the wound with a follow up tweet stating the address and phone number of the Miami restaurant for anyone wishing to express their feelings.

Yusnaby Pérez, a journalist in Venezuela, posted a video of Maduro's meal with the caption "I wonder how every Venezuelan Chavista will feel tomorrow when they have to return to the daily titanic queue", a reference to the huge lines where people in Venezuela regularly wait for food.

On social media, Venezuelans shared mocked-up images showing Gokce doing his trade-mark salt sprinkle pose above a skeletal child.

"While Venezuelans suffer and die of hunger, Nicolas Maduro and Cilia (his wife) enjoy one of the priciest restaurants in the world, all with money stolen from the Venezuelan people", tweeted opposition leader Julio Borges.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he may have to suspend a planned trip to the United Nations because of concerns his opponents would try to kill him if he travels overseas.

Reuters also quoted him telling fellow diners it was "a once-in-a-lifetime moment".

Gokce, better known as Salt Bae, attained meme glory past year when he released a video of himself cutting and salting a steak.

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President Maduro spoke about the now-controversial lunch during a televised news conference, confirming that he had eaten there during his stopover from China. Maduro demonstrated the technique after speaking about the invitation to the famed Nusr-Et steakhouse in Istanbul when he stopped over briefly in Turkey on the way home from a trip to China to raise badly needed investment.

Four years of recession has seen 1.6 million people flee Venezuela since 2015, according to the United Nations, creating a migration crisis in neighboring and nearby countries.

Venezuela is mired in a profound economic crisis.

He also said that Gokce had told him that "he loves Venezuela".

Industry is operating at just 30 per cent while 87 per cent of the population lives in poverty, according to a group of leading universities.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is a fierce critic of Maduro, had no issue pouncing on the president via Twitter.

Other reports by GizPress

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