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Rubio wasn’t alone in being upset Salt Bae served Maduro.
Rubio blasted Gökçe—who went viral last year after he Instagrammed a video of him sprinkling salt onto a piece of meat—for serving Maduro at one of his restaurants.
The chef served the president, who has been criticized for his leadership in Venezuela—where many of its citizens are reportedly living in poverty and without proper access to food—at a restaurant in Istanbul, WPLG 10, a local news station in Florida, reports.
Salt Bae posted videos of Maduro at his restaurant on his Instagram account before deleting them, according to the Miami Herald.
The Herald, which downloaded the video before it was deleted, reports that the video showed Maduro smoking a cigar and receiving a shirt showing Gökçe sprinkling salt.
The images of Salt Bae and Maduro together was too much for Rubio to handle, however, and he asked his 3.63 million followers to make their opinions known to the viral chef.
“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% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition,” Rubio wrote in a series of tweets. “This guy @nusr_ett who admires dictator @NicolasMaduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all places, #Miami. It’s called NUSR-ET STEAKHOUSE MIAMI…”
The senator also posted the phone number and address of the restaurant in a string of tweets that started last night and is still going on this morning.
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% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition. https://t.co/sSNPK9cAAx— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 18, 2018
This guy @nusr_ett who admires dictator @NicolasMaduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all places, #Miami. It’s called NUSR-ET STEAKHOUSE MIAMI located at 999 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 18, 2018
The phone number is 1 305 415 9990 in case anyone wanted to call. https://t.co/7CDkgHVZWh
Maduro se da banquete de carnes y el famoso chef Salt Bae lo agasaja como un reyhttps://t.co/llH8wJ1Pwr— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 18, 2018
#Salt Bae @nusr_ett deleted the tweet with the video of him lavishing dictator Maduro with a steak dinner while the people of #Venezuela starve. Fortunately @miamiherald downloaded it before he deleted it. Watch here:https://t.co/AC9qkFWyOw— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 18, 2018
Rubio wasn’t alone in his anger directed at the chef.
Salt Bae is canceled pic.twitter.com/X8xCc44RO3— tina fromda block (@jlosbestfriend) September 17, 2018
Venezuelans are starving, the average citizen has lost 18 pounds because of malnutrition. But Nicolas Maduro thought his subjects might enjoy a video of him gorging himself at a “Salt Bae” restaurant in Turkey. https://t.co/aKtTNA7pyi— Ezra Levant 🍁 (@ezralevant) September 18, 2018
Ummm why is Venezuela’s President Maduro eating steak at Salt Bae’s restaurant in Turkey while his people are literally starving to death? It seems really out of touch. pic.twitter.com/zOmWHIE7jV— أحمد (@brooklynjnoubi) September 17, 2018
The fact that "Saltbae" or whatever he's called would serve dinner to Nicolas Maduro is truly just... ugh. Why is that man still famous he needs to be cancelled.— María Gabriela Medina (@realgabymedina) September 18, 2018
Until this moment I was a fan of Chef Salt Bae. After just watching how he proudly served Nicolas Maduro, the most horrific President of Venezuela, I’m utterly disgusted. He has starved his country for years and is personally responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths!— Matt1313 (@Mattov7nov) September 17, 2018
Maduro smoking cigars and eating steaks garnished by Salt Bae while Venezuelans fight over rats for dinner https://t.co/7NG08cG7L6— Coses Catalanes (@___q____5____) September 17, 2018
While more than 80% of Venezuelans are forced into poverty and extreme hunger, Maduro and Cilia have the luxury of being a huge eater in an exclusive restaurant in Turkey, served by chef Salt Bae where each dish costs no less than 400 $— Mel Marcano ® (@MelMarcano) September 18, 2018
Nicolas Maduro 🇻🇪 eating steak at #saltbae Restaurant is utterly disgraceful.— Blakey (@JRMBlakey) September 17, 2018
As of Tuesday morning, Gökçe has not addressed the situation on any of his social media accounts, apart from deleting the videos.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).