White House says U.S. 'looks forward' to participating in Winter Olympics

White House says U.S. 'looks forward' to participating in Winter Olympics

Sanders, however, clarified moments after the press briefing that the United States "looks forward to participating" in the 2018 Olympics.

The Olympic games are set to begin February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea", she tweeted.

Sanders posted the message minutes after telling reporters at the daily White House briefing that no official decision had been made.

The U.S. had already committed to attending the games, but U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley cast doubt on the issue Wednesday night when she told Fox News that it was an "open question".

The confusion began when United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, in response to a question in a Fox News interview, said "There's an open question" about whether the U.S. team would travel to South Korea, where tensions have grown high after a series of missile tests in North Korea and inflammatory rhetoric between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. "I have not heard anything about that. I have not heard anything about that, but I do know that in the talks that we have, whether it's Jerusalem, whether it's North Korea, it's always about how do we protect the USA citizens in the area". Look, I know that the goal is to do so, but that will be a decision made closer to the time.

"I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? That's something he would take into account probably a number of the stakeholders that would be involved".

The existence of this Olympic Truce made many Twitter users wonder why Haley would feel the need to call American participation in the South Korean games into question. South Korea and North Korea both agreed to the truce, as well as Japan, China, France, and the US - all of which are slated to host future Olympic Games. Just last week, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia's Olympic team from the games as punishment for a state-backed doping program.

That same week, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said, "From our perspective, with the information we now have, it's full-steam ahead". Russian athletes who are determined to be clean will be able to participate wearing neutral uniforms.

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