Miami's Nusret Gokce -- better known as Salt Bae thanks to social media-- is coming under fire after a video shows him serving Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his wife, an expensive steak during a dinner in Istanbul.
Gokce, who owns the Brickell-area Nusr-Et steakhouse, posted (and removed) the video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Senator Marco Rubio tweeted "I don’t know who this weirdo Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the president of Venezuela--He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30 percent of the people eat only once a day and infants are suffering from malnutrition.
The social media backlash continues:
Hey @nusr_ett why don't you ask @NicolasMaduro to take you on tour to Venezuela's impoverished streets?— Leonard Reyes (@leonline2000) September 18, 2018
You can help yourself with the same garbage where starving Venezuelans scavenge daily to make it to next day.
You'll miss your Rib racks in 5 seconds. pic.twitter.com/AucnoOaZwk
Just to let you know what happens in Venezuela while your guests eat pleasantly at your restaurant ... pic.twitter.com/9AOdEer7NK— Andrea Borrajo (@andreaborrajo) September 18, 2018
When .@NicolasMaduro was eating that fancy dish in Venzuela’s streets, kids,youth,elders and just men or women were searching in the garbage for something to eat. Others were killing dogs for calming the starvation. The couple you served are genocides. They paid with bloody money pic.twitter.com/JzaYqfebky— Bettica (@Betticaa) September 17, 2018