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Is Trump Canceling The Olympics?
UPDATE: Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent out the following tweet, perhaps trying to dispel fears that the United States would not be competing in the Olympics.
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
It remains to be seen whether this statement will be confirmed by other administration officials. Original story posted below.
Will United States athletes be competing in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea? No one seems to know right now, thanks to some confusion created by the Trump administration.
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley started creating doubts about whether athletes would be allowed to compete during a Fox News interview this week. Citing security concerns on the Korean peninsula, Haley said our involvement in the games was an “open question.”
“What we will do is make sure we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that [athletes are] safe, and to know everything that’s going on around them,” Haley added.
Then on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added that the administration hasn’t decided yet.
“No official decision has been made” about the games, she told reporters. “I know that the goal is to do so but that’ll be a decision made closer to the time.”
The opening ceremonies for the Olympics are scheduled to take place on February 9 next year, just a few days over two months from today, so the administration better figure it out.
Some users on social media were quick to point out that this announcement came just days after the Russian delegation was banned by the IOC for substance violations. These users supposed that Donald Trump may be directing his administration to suggest we wouldn’t be attending either for reasons other than security…
— Todd Smith (@oaktowntoddy) December 7, 2017
The Trump administration needs to figure out if we are competing in the Olympics or not. Ambiguous statements like Haley’s and Sanders’s cause confusion and panic. And if that can be caused by the White House, over a simple question on whether we plan to send our athletes to a sporting event, then imagine what could occur when something more serious is discussed.
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