Sarah Sanders Leaves Open Possibility of U.S. Skipping 2018 Olympics: ‘No Official Decision’ Yet (UPDATE)
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley introduced the possibility on Wednesday night. And now, the White House is officially on record as saying that the U.S. has not decided whether to send its delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
During Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say that the U.S. is committed to sending its athletes for the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea this February because of the ongoing tensions with North Korea.
“No official decision has been made on that, and we’ll keep you guys posted as those decisions are made,” Sanders said.
The U.S. boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow on President Jimmy Carter‘s direction over Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan. But they have participated in each Summer and Winter Games since. But now, the U.S. is leaving open the possibility that they will not take part in the South Korea Games.
“I know that the goal is to [participate],” Sanders said. “But that will be a decision made closer to time. I think that’s an inner-agency process, but I think ultimately the president would weigh in. But again that’s something he would take into account with a number of the stakeholders that would be involved. If we felt there was an issue, that would come up.”
Watch above, via CNN.
UPDATE 4:06 p.m. ET — Sarah Huckabee Sanders has walked back her comments on Twitter:
UPDATE: The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 7, 2017
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