Sunday, 21 October, 2018


Marco Rubio Goes After Celebrity Chef

Maduro spent two days in China last week attending meetings at the China Development Bank and the China National Petroleum Corporation Turkish steak delight for crisis hit Venezuela’s President Maduro draws opponents’ fury
Bennie Garza | 21 September, 2018, 10:32

Marco Rubio, a fierce critic of Maduro, piled on, noting that Gokce also has a restaurant in Miami, home to the largest population of Venezuelan immigrants, a lot of them hostile to Maduro.

Venezuela's president feasted on expensive steak at a celebrity chef's restaurant on Monday, a scene made striking by the fact that millions of people back home are starving.

Maduro was in Istanbul for a stop-off on his way from China, where he went to ask for more loans for his economically stricken country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he was evaluating whether or not he would attend this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY, citing concerns about his safety. "This is a once in a lifetime moment", he can be heard saying to other diners.

Gokce found global fame and earned his nickname in early 2017 after a video of his cutting up steak and sprinkling salt over it went viral.

So when news broke that Maduro was dining at a restaurant that sells steaks that reported cost anywhere from $70 to $275, people were not pleased.

"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", Suarez tweeted. Both of those tweets have since been deleted.

"Maduro visited Nusr-Et, known for its $100 rib-eye, after making an official trip to China in hopes of securing financing for cash-strapped Venezuela". In the videos, he can be seen puffing on a cigar from a personalized box while he and first lady Cilia Flores watch owner Nusret Gokce, clad in dark aviator glasses and a bicep-busting T-shirt, rhythmically sway his hips while cutting into a juicy steak with a long knife. We were chatting, having a good 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".

The crisis came about after a 2014 crash in the price of oil, which accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's revenue, causing shortages of foreign capital that was exacerbated by the government printing money.

Citizens face food and medicine shortages while public services such as transport, electricity and water have been hit by failures.

Several Venezuelan women said they turned to sex work in neighbouring Colombia because the economic crisis had become so bad.

The videos were shared widely by critics of Mr Maduro.

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