Despite Venezuela’s growing economic crisis, President Nicolás Maduro spared no expense to celebrate Fidel Castro’s 90th birthday last Saturday.
According to opposition lawmaker Carlos Berrizbeitia, Maduro spent at least $400,000 traveling to Havana with a group of folk music artists to put on a concert in honor of Castro, the political mentor of late President Hugo Chávez and a close ally of Venezuela.
The event was transmitted live on two Venezuelan public TV channels and hosted by Winston Vallenilla, a popular TV personality who entered politics in 2013 when he supported Maduro and was later appointed president of Venezuela’s largest public TV station.
“Maduro used the presidential airplane, which requires around $25,000 to operate per hour,” Berrizbeitia told Fox News Latino. “The trip to Cuba is two hours long, so he spent around $100,000 to go and come back.”