White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that there has been no official decision on whether the United States will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea but then clarified that the U.S.is looking forward to the Games.
While Haley on Wednesday left open the possibility that the US would not compete, she said the Pyeongchang games represented a "perfect opportunity" for American athletes to demonstrate that they would not give into "fear".
"Anywhere we go I wish we didn't have to worry about what things could happen", said Jamie Greubel Poser, who won bronze in women's bobsled at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russian Federation.
"What have we always said - we don't ever fear anything". "And certainly that's a flawless opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for".
"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". While Olympic organizers have downplayed the threat posed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile last week that demonstrated a potential, at least theoretically, to deliver a nuclear warhead to Washington. North Korea claimed the missile, called a Hwasong-15, is capable of reaching the entire US mainland.More news: Voyager 1 Fires Up its Old Thrusters After 37 Years
Her tweet reads: "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea".
With tensions between the United States and North Korea escalating, whether or not Team USA athletes will be participating in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is coming into question. Despite those concerns, a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday morning there have been no discussions about skipping the Olympics.
The Games will be held 9-25 February 2018. "Is the United States recommending that our team goes, or is that still an open question?". "We are really confident in this, so this message can be relayed to the athletes by the (National Olympic Committees)". "I wouldn't say it's something I never think about, but I'm confident we're in good hands".
As the host country for the Winter Olympics, South Korea invited North Korea to the games, but it is unclear whether this will diffuse tensions following joint American-South Korean air force drills and North Korea's recent missile launch.