Nikki Haley Calls US Presence at South Korea Olympics an 'Open Question'

Sheri Evans
December 10, 2017

In an unprecedented move, the International Olympic Committee announced yesterday that Russian Federation would be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. "We don't ever fear anything, we live our lives", Haley stated. But the rest of her answer to Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum made it sound like she expected the United States to go as usual, while taking security precautions.

To be fair, Haley also said, "We will make sure that we're taking every precaution possible to make sure that [the athletes] are safe and to know everything that's going on around them".

"There's an open question", Ms Haley said, when asked whether the US' attendance was a "done deal".

Tensions have been heating up on the Korean Peninsula after a two-month lull, with North Korea launching a missile last week that experts said showed the capability of hitting much of the continental United States. North Korea has stated that war is no longer a question of if, but when.

"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.

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A spokesman for NBC, which will broadcast the games in the USA, told the Washington Post that the network is monitoring the situation and they now "have no plans to change our preparation for the games, which are in full swing".

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea by the International Olympic Committee over allegations of systemic doping leading up to, and during, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "So we're preparing as if we're going to go".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly walked back her remarks, after she suggested at a briefing Thursday that no decision had been made to send US athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

And a spokesperson for NBC, which will broadcast the Olympics, said the network is "in close contact with numerous security agencies, including the U.S. State Department, which continues to advise us that it is safe for Americans to travel to South Korea". 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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