US Winter Olympics Trip An 'Open Question'

  • US Winter Olympics Trip An 'Open Question'

US Winter Olympics Trip An 'Open Question'

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Thursday: "UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea".

Speaking on Fox News, Haley said Wednesday night it's an "open question" if U.S. Olympic athletes will be in South Korea and competing come February.

I think that's an interagency process but I think, ultimately, the President would certainly weight in. "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", Haley said in the interview. "And certainly that's a flawless opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for".

According to the Washington Post, Haley said the United States will take "every precaution" to ensure the safety of its athletes.

Mark Jones, a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee said the organization expects to participate.

"There is an open question", Haley said.

It would also leave the Games without two of its largest delegations of athletes, as Russian Federation was banned from Pyeongchang earlier this week for extensive doping allegations. "We have regular communication with the (United States Organizing Committee) and they always express their commitment of the athletes coming over to Pyeongchang".

The IOC and United States Olympic Committee (USOC), however, claim to be "closely monitoring" the situation but that it is now safe for competition. Americans led a 65-nation boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.

A set of joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics.

The US military flew a B-1B bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a massive joint aerial drill, in a move seen as a warning to the North.

"The proximity is close, but from what I understand, the Olympics is one of the safest places that you can be in terms of heightened security", US biathlete Lowell Bailey told The Post's Adam Kilgore in September. "We are really confident in this, so this message can be relayed to the athletes by the (National Olympic Committees)".

"What have we always said?"

In one way, this does make some sense.

Her comments came on the same day that President Donald Trump announced the USA would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - causing uproar among world leaders and fueling the threat of violent protests.

That's sparked talk of war, a conflict that would inevitably impact North Korea's neighbor and the Olympic hosts, South Korea.