Did Pelosi Have Health Department Close Trump Plaza Hotel?

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  • Published 6 November 2019

Claim

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a warrant ordering the New York Health Department to close Trump Plaza Hotel.

Rating

Labeled Satire
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Origin

On Nov. 5, 2019, Potatriots Unite published an article positing that U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signed a warrant ordering the New York Health Department to close Trump Plaza Hotel in Manhattan:

Pelosi Has Health Department Close Trump Plaza Hotel

The scene at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Manhattan yesterday was one of panic, confusion, and outrage as fifty-two health department officials descended on the landmark, ushering all guests and employees out and declaring the entire structure closed for operation. When Plaza management asked to see warrants for the closure, inspectors produced eight – each one signed by a federal judge – and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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