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

Lester Mason
September 18, 2018

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.

A few minutes later, he posted another tweet that included the address and phone number of Gokce's restaurant in Miami, "in case anyone wanted to call". Gokce slices meat in front of him and Maduro holds up a t-shirt at the table, at one point telling diners, "This is a once in a lifetime moment", per Reuters.

Maduro was lavished with the gourmet lunch in Istanbul during a two-hour stop-off as he returned from a visit to China where he was trying to raise badly needed investment for his crisis-hit nation.

Nearly two-thirds of Venezuelans surveyed in a university study published in February said they had lost on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight a year ago.

Gokce posted the video of Maduro on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Monday.

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
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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 #Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of Venezuela".

According to the Miami Herald, which downloaded a copy before it disappeared, the video shows Gokce preparing slabs of meat for Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, and "sprinkling it with the flourish that earned him tacit Internet fame". He served us personally, we talked and enjoyed ourselves with him. He loves Venezuela, he told me several times, ' Maduro said.

On Saturday, Maduro had announced the trip to China was fruitful as he had secured commitments from Beijing to help fund the oil industry that Venezuela is nearly entirely reliant upon.

The video quickly went viral, becoming a global trend before it was deleted from Instagram. He owns several high-end restaurants, including Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Miami's Brickell neighborhood.

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