Nicolás Maduro: Fury over Venezuela leader's Salt Bae 'feast'

Turkish steak delight for crisis hit Venezuela’s President Maduro draws opponents’ fury

Turkish steak delight for crisis hit Venezuela’s President Maduro draws opponents’ fury

Venezuelan opposition activists were furious, accusing Maduro of extravagant dining while millions of his countrymen struggle to eat and two thirds of the population are said to have lost around 24 pounds of body weight due to malnutrition. Other footage shows Maduro puffing on a cigar offered to him from a box bearing his name on a plaque, and receiving a gift of a t-shirt bearing the chef's image.

After the video was posted, numerous commenters criticised Maduro for eating at an expensive steakhouse, as Venezuela's economy is on the verge of collapse and many in the country are unable to eat.

Last week, the head of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, in a visit to Colombia joined U.S. President Donald Trump in warning that a military intervention to remove Maduro shouldn't be ruled out. Gokce did not respond to an email seeking comment.

In Venezuela, an economic crisis has created widespread food shortages with many people living on just $1 a day. Eighty-seven percent were assessed to live in poverty.

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.

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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 U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. "He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition", tweeted the Florida senator in his first attack against the chef on Monday evening.

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

The socialist president was traveling back from China where he sought aid for his impoverished nation. I send a greeting from here to Nusret, who looked after us personally. He showed us a museum when we were having lunch with him. "He loves Venezuela, he told me several times".

Gokce went viral in 2017 after posting videos of himself salting meat with a cobra-like maneuver.

Gokce owns several luxurious restaurants in the U.S., the Middle East and Turkey, and videos of him carving meat have been watched by millions of people.

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