Olympics: White House walks back statement that Team USA may not compete

Olympics: White House walks back statement that Team USA may not compete

"I think that's an inner agency process but ultimately the President would certainly weigh in but again, that's certainly something that he would take into account and probably a number of the stakeholders that would be involved", she added. "We don't ever fear anything - we live our lives, we use our freedom, we have that - and certainly that's a flawless opportunity for [American Olympic athletes] to go and do something they've worked so hard for". "We have that, and certainly that's a flawless opportunity for all of them to go and do something they worked so hard for".

Haley on Wednesday cited the rising tensions in the region and North Korea's role in the situation "changing by the day", and said that the U.S. attending the February 2018 event was "an open question".

North Korea's Foreign Ministry claimed this week that the outbreak of war on the Korean Peninsular is an "established fact" and seemingly a matter of when rather than if.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"There is an open question", Haley said.

Some Olympic athletes training for PyeongChang told NBC News in recent weeks that family and friends are increasingly asking them about what rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula means for them.

A set of joint military exercises between the US and South Korea are scheduled to take part during March next year, despite it coming within the "Olympic Truce" window which is supposed to exist for the entire period of the Olympics and Paralympics. "Maybe I've become desensitized to the North Korean threat, but I'm not anxious about it much because I have full confidence in the military capability of my country and the U.S". "We are really confident in this, so this message can be relayed to the athletes by the (National Olympic Committees)".

In related news, Russian Federation this week was banned from attending the Winter Olympics 2018 after "systematic manipulation" of anti-doping rules.

"Is that a done deal - is the United States recommending that our team goes, or is that still an open question, in this environment?"

The announcement came shortly after she suggested in a press briefing that the America may not compete in Pyeongchang amid escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea. "I really do trust that the Olympic Committee and the State Department are all very diligent and would never put their athletes in harm's way".

"What have we always said?"

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