Questions Raised Over US Taking Part in Pyeongchang Olympics

Questions Raised Over US Taking Part in Pyeongchang Olympics

She later attempted to clarify, tweeting an "update" that the "U.S. looks forward to participating". The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues. "I know that the goal is to do so but that'll be a decision made closer to the time", she said.

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

"I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said?" Still, would it have been that hard for these officials to just say "yes" when asked whether we were going to go? We don't ever fear anything.

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"What we will do is make sure we are taking every precaution possible to make sure that [U.S. athletes are] safe and to know everything that's going on around them", Haley said Wednesday on "The Story with Martha MacCallum".

As the USA and South Korea partake in a massive joint military exercise involving hundreds of planes, North Korea said late Wednesday that a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula was inevitable.

While acknowledging that she has not "heard anything about" whether the athletes will be participating, Haley said the Trump administration would "find out the best way" to ensure US athletes' safety.

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Dvorkovich declined to answer a question on how budget resources allocated for the national team's participation in the 2018 Olympic Games would be used.

Haley's office did not respond to request for comment or clarification by the time of publication.

But obviously, the Trump administration could have caused a lot of trouble for the United States team, and for our relationship with South Korea, by letting this idea sit out there that it's too unsafe to go there for the Olympics.

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Questions about Olympians' safety in South Korea have swirled in recent weeks, as North Korea continues to expand its nuclear weapons program. The North Korean regime has launched almost two dozen missiles this year, including three intercontinental ballistic missiles, and tested a suspected staged thermonuclear device, raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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