The White House made an surprising announcement on Tuesday about First Daughter Ivanka Trump. Mrs. Trump serves as an unpaid assistant to the 45th President of the United States and reportedly commands much of his attention and respect. She will be attending the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea as part of the official White House delegation…
Here’s the scoop per Vanity Fair:
The Olympics, long an opportunity for good international optics, will be blessed with the presence of Ivanka Trump, unpaid assistant to the president, during the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 25. The CNN report says that President Trump asked his daughter to represent the country as the Winter Olympics conclude, while Vice President Mike Pence is already on his way to Pyeongchang for Friday‘s opening ceremony.
Check it out from The Hill:
A White House official told CNN on Monday that President Trump and the United States Olympics Committee requested that the first daughter go to the closing ceremony.
Vice President Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremony. Pence will be joined by the top U.S. general in South Korea and other military and diplomatic officials. A report this past weekend said Pence is expected to push back against any positive media narrative the Winter Olympics creates for North Korea.
“The Vice President will remind the world that everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet,” an aide for Pence told Axios.
The Olympics are taking place as tensions have cooled slightly between North and South Korea. North Korea is sending a delegation of athletes to compete in this month’s Olympics, and the two countries will field a joint women’s hockey team. North and South Korea also engaged in talks last month for the first time in years.
“We’re travelling to the Olympics to make sure that North Korea doesn’t use the powerful symbolism and the backdrop of the Winter Olympics to paper over the truth about their regime,” Vice President Pence said.
He added that it was “a regime that oppresses its own people, a regime that threatens nations around the world, a regime that continues its headlong rush to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.”
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