Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted Monday to eating hallucinogenic mushrooms during her recent trip to China.
Yellen ate the mushrooms at a popular restaurant in the country, claiming she did not know what was in the dish at the time.
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"So I went with this large group of people and the person who had arranged our dinner did the ordering," Yellen told CNN. "There was this delicious mushroom dish. I was not aware that these mushrooms had hallucinogenic properties," Fox Business reported. "I learned that later," she added.
"I read that if the mushrooms are cooked properly, which I’m sure they were at this very good restaurant, that they have no impact," Yellen continued. "But all of us enjoyed the mushrooms, the restaurant, and none of us felt any ill effects from having eaten them."
Janet Yellen: “There was this delicious mushroom dish. I was not aware that these mushrooms had hallucinogenic properties.”
“I learned that later,” she continued. https://t.co/ltpIeGppIY
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"The mushrooms have become a delicacy in China’s Yunnan province, which decreed in 2022 that they should remain legal to sell and serve," HuffPost reported.
"Yellen’s Beijing dinner reportedly trended on social media, with millions of views," it continued.
The mushroom incident appeared to become even more popular that the fact that the treasury secretary was meeting with Chinese officials.
The trip was designed to help strengthen relations between the U.S. and China and address China's slower-than-expected economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yellen appeared pleased with the outcome of the trip, calling it a "constructive visit" to discuss current and future opportunities.
Despite the serious nature of the visit, Yellen's mushroom experience seems to have taken the internet by storm, becoming the most notable aspect of her time in China.