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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday, April 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP)

Amy Sherman
By Amy Sherman April 30, 2020

The ridiculous claim that Pelosi flew to Wuhan, China, after impeachment failed

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  • Pelosi last visited China in November 2015, according to official records.

A social media post viewed nearly 300,000 times tries to make an absurd connection between Wuhan, China, the coronavirus, the impeachment of Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi.

"Pelosi was in Wouhan China 6 days after the impeachment HOAX failed. Has anyone bothered to find out what she was doing there?" (Yes, the Facebook post spells the city Wuhan wrong.)

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. For good reason. 

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The Facebook post has no particular date for when it says the "impeachment hoax failed." The Senate voted to acquit Trump Feb. 5, two weeks after Chinese officials instituted travel bans in Wuhan. Alternate versions of the false attack on social media have stated that Pelosi was in Wuhan in November.

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Neither timeline is remotely accurate. House members file expenditure reports for all official foreign travel with the House clerk’s office. We searched reports for the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 and found no trips by Pelosi to China. (Pelosi traveled to Jordan and Afghanistan in October, Spain in December and Luxembourg and Belgium in December. She visited Poland and Israel in January and Germany and Belgium in February.)

Pelosi’s spokesman said her last visit to China was in November 2015 when she visited Beijing. The U.S. delegation and Chinese officials discussed climate change, protection of cyberspace, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, human and women’s rights, and other topics, according to a press release from Pelosi’s office.

Other false Facebook posts have included a photo of Pelosi shaking the hand of a Chinese official. Snopes and USA Today found that the photo was from Pelosi’s visit in November 2015 when she met with Chinese politician Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

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Our ruling

A Facebook post said that Pelosi was in Wuhan, China, "6 days after the impeachment HOAX failed."

Travel records last show Pelosi in China in 2015. The rest of the post is Mad Libs for conspiracy theorists. This statement rates Pants on Fire! 

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