Ambassador Nikki Haley Suggests US May Not Go To The 2018 Olympics

Posted December 10, 2017

I can't figure out whether UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders created a controversy about United States participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea on objective or by accident.

"The US looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea", press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted on Thursday. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues". "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", Haley stated.

"I think those are conversations we're going to have to have".

And my guess is, the Trump Administration never made a conscious decision to cast such doubt.

Haley saying that US involvement is an "open question" was part of a larger quote - one that could hint at the topic never being raised in the first place.

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Tensions have been heating up on the Korean Peninsula after a two-month lull, with North Korea launching a missile last week that experts said showed the capability of hitting much of the continental United States. Still, would it have been that hard for these officials to just say "yes" when asked whether we were going to go?

'What we will do is make sure we're taking every precaution possible to make sure they're safe and to make sure we know everything that's going on.' A US Olympic Committee statement later insisted the possibility of not competing had not been discussed.

Fox News previously asked National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster if Americans should feel safe at the upcoming Olympic games, to which McMaster responded "yes".

A Seoul official said, however, that it's uncertain whether the North would accept Bach's visit, adding if realized, it could be seen as a positive sign of the North's participation in the Winter Olympics.

Questions about Olympians' safety in South Korea have swirled in recent weeks, as North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program. In late November, the country launched a ballistic missile it claims is capable of "striking the whole" USA mainland.