Venezuelan president feasts at ‘Salt Bae’ restaurant while country goes hungry

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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.

Venezuela's political opposition jumped on the meal as evidence of Maduro's disconnect from the country's crisis, which has caused over two million people to emigrate to escape widespread shortages of food and medicine.

In one video, Maduro tells fellow diners, 'This is a once in a lifetime moment, ' as Gokce dramatically slices steak for them by their table while swaying his hips.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas Venezuela Tuesday Sept. 18 2018. Venezuela and China have agreed to joint investments Maduro announced on Tuesday. (AP
Salt Bae chef in hot water after serving Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro

The Florida senator went after the Turkish chef, real name Nusret Gokce, because Salt Bae hosted Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro at his restaurant in Istanbul and then boasted about it in a since-deleted video, reports the Observer.

Back home, Venezuelans face food shortages while a group of the country's top universities conducted a study that found 87 percent of the population were living in poverty in 2017 and 60 percent of people had lost an average of 11 kilograms (24 pounds) due to a diet that was lacking in protein, one of the primary nutrients contained in meat.

"It is disgusting to see the dictator Nicolas Maduro eating in this video while in Venezuela people are dying of hunger and tens of thousands cross the borders looking for a refuge and something to eat", Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said on Twitter.

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Even Florida Republican Sen. Since then, Rubio has pushed for tougher sanctions against the Latin American country, has encouraged a military coup against Maduro, and has spoke in favor of United States military intervention in Venezuela. Almost nine in 10 households are living in poverty, according to a 2017 survey by three leading universities.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ate at the viral chef Salt Bae's restaurant in Istanbul on Monday. We chatted, enjoyed our time with him ...

Asked by reporters on Tuesday whether Maduro had asked for a new grace period to meets its debt obligations with China, he said "Venezuela pays on time".

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Maduro had traveled to Beijing in hope of securing fresh funds for his cash-starved socialist government, though he returned only having signed several deals involving Venezuela's energy sector. He owns several high-end restaurants, including Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Miami's Brickell neighborhood.

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