US Ambassador to UN: ‘Open question’ if US athletes can attend Olympics in South Korea

By Sophie Tatum, CNN

Whether US athletes will be able to attend the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea remains an “open question,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday night.

The Winter Olympics are set to be held Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The situation with neighboring North Korea, which has grown increasingly hostile while pursuing its nuclear ambitions, is “changing by the day,” Haley said on Fox News, making the security of US athletes uncertain.

Still, Haley said she believes President Donald Trump’s administration will work to “find out the best way” to make sure the athletes are protected.

“I think those are conversations we are going to have to have, but what have we always said? We don’t ever fear anything, we live our lives,” Haley said. “And certainly that is a perfect opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for. What we will do is, we will make sure that we’re taking every precaution possible to make sure that they’re safe and to know everything that’s going on around them.”

Asked if it’s a “done deal” that US athletes will be able to attend the Olympics, Haley said: “There’s an open question. I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have — whether it’s Jerusalem or North Korea — it’s about, how do we protect the US citizens in the area?”

Early this week it was announced Russia would be banned from taking part in the Olympics after “systemic manipulation” of anti-doping rules.