It began with Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, telling Fox News late Wednesday that "there's an open question" about whether American athletes would go to the February 9-25 Winter Games in the city of Pyeongchang. "It's just we're going to write off our president'". "But what have we always said? We live our lives". "I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have - whether it's Jerusalem or North Korea - it's about, how do we protect the USA citizens in the area?"
Amid confusion over the U.S.' participation, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said Thursday that the U.S.is looking forward to "being a part of the Olympics".
"Yes, we are", Haley told the Fox News, when asked whether the U.S. would send its full team to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, which is located about 50 miles from the demilitarized zone between South Korea and North Korea. "We can see how many people are supporting the team, and this is great!"
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And White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders followed that sentiment almost 24 hours later when she said the White House had not yet decided whether the US will participate or not.
"You know what's interesting is, you think about it, her ex is Tiger Woods, who played golf with President Trump, what, a week ago?" "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues".