Rubio Posts ‘Salt Bae’ Miami Restaurant Address After Chef Serves Maduro

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September 18, 2018 10:36 am
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday night published the Florida address and phone number of a restaurant owned by Nusret Gökçe the Turkish chef, social media star and meme known as “Salt Bae” — after Gökçe hosted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at his restaurant in Istanbul.

Roughly 2 million people have left Venezuela in recent years (many have moved to Florida) and millions more in the country suffer as a result of food, medicine and power shortages. Rubio has openly discussed a U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, and members the Trump administration, the New York Times reported last week, have held secret meetings with Venezuelan military officers to discuss a possible coup attempt.

Gökçe eventually deleted the Instagram video of him serving and giving “Salt Bae” t-shirts to Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores. The Miami Herald saved a copy:

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