Whether U.S. Olympic athletes will participate in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea is an “open question” the administration is discussing, according to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
During a Fox News interview Haley was asked if the region was safe for our athletes, to which she replied, "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 added: “And certainly that is a perfect opportunity for all of them to go and do something they have worked so hard for.”
Haley offered assurances that the administration is working to take “every precaution” to ensure the athletes are safe, telling Fox News’ Martha MacCallum they are working to find the “best way” to make that happen.
When MacCallum asked Haley if she could say whether or not the U.S. athletes will definitely attend the games, Haley responded: "There's an open question.”
“I have not heard anything about that,” she explained. “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 U.S. citizens in the area?"
Haley's response stands in contrast to what national security adviser H.R. McMaster said earlier in the week when asked the same questions. He indicated that Americans should feel safe while at the Olympic Games.
The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are set to begin Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.