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

Lawrence Cooper
December 10, 2017

Sanders tweeted that the USA looked forward to participating in the Olympics and was engaged in making sure that venues were safe minutes after her briefing ended. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues".

Asked to clarify Ms Haley's comments on Friday, Ms Sanders initially said that the final decision on attendance would be made closer to the Games. "Each federation together with the Sports Ministry will make a separate decision".

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Haley told Fox News on Wednesday night that American athletes' participation in the games is an "open question", according to a transcript from CNN.

"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".

As it stands, Haley has the authority to advise the USOC about what they should do, should situations in the region escalate - but she does not have the authority to decide whether the US will compete.

Haley's office did not respond to request for comment or clarification by the time of publication.

On December 5, the IOC announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea.

The concerns appear to be over safety and the ongoing nuclear standoff with North Korea. The North Korean regime has launched almost two dozen missiles this year, including three intercontinental ballistic missiles, and tested a suspected staged thermonuclear device, raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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