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

Arnold Nichols
December 10, 2017

At the briefing, she said "no official decision has been made" on sending athletes to the games.

Nikki Haley hinted on Wednesday that America's Olympic athletes might not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics because of a potential volatile situation with North Korea. We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives.

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

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 USA athletes' safety. Its state news agency said, "The remaining question now is: when will the war break out?"

"The United States looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year".

"Back then they were talking about safety issues and in fact, when we left the village, they would have a guard with a huge gun walk with us everywhere just because they were so concerned about safety", she says.


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.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) quickly contested the comments, saying there had been no discussion of abstaining from the games. 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.

The comments came two days after Russian athletes were banned from attending the Games following a doping scandal.

Okay, good, so we're going.

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

The U.S. held joint military exercises with South Korea and flew a B-1B bomber over the country on Wednesday, leading North Korea to declare that the U.S. was bringing the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. Still, would it have been that hard for these officials to just say "yes" when asked whether we were going to go?

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