Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Olympics in South Korea on Sunday, the latest high-profile visit to Winter Games that have been a hotbed of geopolitics.
Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump's daughter and an aide in her father's administration, will lead the White House delegation.
Ivanka Trump said in a statement that she is honored, and looks forward to congratulating Team USA and celebrating all that the athletes have achieved. "Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embody American excellence, and inspire us all". Marc Knapper of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul; Army Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and United States Forces Korea; and Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, a member of the Army National Guard and former U.S. bobsled olympian.
Some thought President Trump himself didn't want to go to the ceremony because "he's only into water sports".
A senior administration official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, said Ivanka Trump will dine with Moon at the Blue House in Seoul on Friday night. The closing ceremony will take place Sunday.
For ten days, as athletes have competed on the slopes, rinks and runs, North Korea and the United States have used the Games to try and shape public opinion. She has no plans to meet with North Korean officials, the official said.
Tensions have run high between the two countries as North Korea has pushed its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs to place the US within striking range. Vice President Mike Pence attended the opening ceremony, and he was seated just in front of Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Meanwhile Washington has tried to project resolve in the face of a growing nuclear threat and repeatedly tried to underscore the importance of a troubled alliance with Seoul.