White House says U.S. 'looks forward' to participating in Winter Olympics

Esther Moore
December 10, 2017

"I believe the situation [surrounding the 2018 World Cup - TASS] has not changed, this decision concerns only the 2018 Olympic Games and has nothing to do with the World Cup", he said when asked if there were any risks for the Russia-hosted World Cup.

The U.S. may be forced to boycott the Winter Olympics if war with North Korea becomes more likely, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggested on Wednesday. "We live our lives", Haley said on Fox News.

"I think it depends on what's going on at the time in the country", Haley told Fox News reporter Martha MacCallum.

Global tensions are heating up as the Winter Olympics draw closer. "So, we knew something was going on but we couldn't really say anything because we didn't have proof". At the same time, the IOC intends to respect the rights of clean athletes, allowing them to participate in the upcoming games as "Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation". Maybe Haley's "open question" comment was just an off-the-cuff way of acknowledging the unknown of the future, not a statement she meant to raise the prospect that the U.S. was seriously questioning whether to go to PyeongChang.

An ice sculpture of the Olympic rings is seen during the Pyeongchang Winter Festival, near the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 10, 2017.

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But obviously, the Trump administration could have caused a lot of trouble for the USA 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. "So we're preparing as if we're going to go".

Tensions have spiked on the Korean Peninsula in recent months, as North Korea proceeded with missile testing at an unexpectedly fast pace.

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

The White House has moved to quell doubts over America's participation in next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea due to the nuclear stand-off with the North. "But what have we always said?"

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