Over the past several months, tensions have been escalating between the United States and North Korea. Now, with the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea quickly approaching, questions have been stirring regarding safety.
Many people believe that North Korean athletes should not be able to participate in the Games. Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if North Korea is allowed to participate, the United States should boycott it.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, however, thinks that the Winter Games will be a "good opportunity to show unity of the people," and thinks that North Korea should participate.
Press Secretary Sanders recently noted that the protection of Americans is President Trump's highest concern for the Winter Olympics. She said that the White House is working with South Korean leaders to ensure security at the various competition venues.
Now, the White House is mobilizing Vice President Pence to ensure that the United States sends a clear message regarding safety. It was reported on Wednesday that the VP and the Second Lady will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Games.
Pence's deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, said that they made this decision "to reinforce the strong U.S. presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime."
Agen continued, "The Vice President will reaffirm to the leaders of Japan and South Korea the United States' unwavering commitment to our allies and to deter and defend against the North Korean threat. In addition to showing support for our U.S. athletes, the Vice President will show his confidence in and appreciation for our U.S. military stationed in the region."
According to the White House, Pence will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea on February 9 for the opening ceremonies. He will also be in meetings with leaders in Seoul, as well as Tokyo, Japan, regarding region stability.
Reportedly, VP Pence and Karen Pence will also make a stop in Alaska in order to check in on the intercontinental ballistic missile defense systems. According to Fox News, Ivanka Trump is rumored to join the trip as well, though a confirmation has not been made.
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