Ivanka Trump is South Korea-bound for Olympics closing ceremony

Ivanka Trump is headed to South Korea on Thursday, where she will lead the presidential delegation to the closing cer...

Posted: Feb 22, 2018 1:09 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2018 1:09 PM

Ivanka Trump is headed to South Korea on Thursday, where she will lead the presidential delegation to the closing ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

"I am honored to lead the US delegation to the closing ceremonies of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. We look forward to congratulating Team USA and celebrating all that our athletes have achieved. Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embodies American excellence, and inspire us all," Trump said in a statement.

Trump was asked by her father, President Donald Trump, to lead the delegation and "eagerly accepted the opportunity," an administration official told reporters Wednesday. Another official added that she is "also a winter sports enthusiast."

"The President had made it clear that he wanted high-level delegations to go to the Winter Olympics to help cheer on the American athletes, show support for the US Olympic team and highlight the strength and support of our relationship with South Korea," one of the officials said, noting that the plans for this delegation to attend the closing ceremonies have been in the works for "several weeks."

The first daughter and senior adviser to the President is flying commercially to Seoul. She will have dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at his residence, the Blue House, on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, she will attend a variety of as-yet-unannounced sporting events to cheer on American athletes. She will attend the closing ceremony with the delegation Sunday evening and return to the US Monday morning.

Joining Trump in the US delegation are White House press secretary Sarah Sanders; Idaho's GOP Sen. James Risch, the chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism; Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and US Forces Korea; Charg- d'Affaires at the US Embassy Seoul Mark Knapper; and Sgt. Shauna Rohbock, a former Winter Olympian, current Team USA coach for the bobsled team and a member of the US National Guard.

Asked whether there had been any efforts for the delegation to engage with anyone from North Korea, a senior administration official simply said, "No." A report that Trump would be meeting with North Korean defectors in South Korea is "incorrect," the official said.

Asked by CNN what sorts of preparations the delegation has made for cultural sensitivities -- when to stand, when to clap, etc. -- an official said, "There have been relevant briefings, like for any trip."

Trump, who has a portfolio in the West Wing that includes women's economic empowerment, workforce development and tax reform, worked with the International Olympic Committee and the city of Los Angeles to bring the Summer Olympic Games to Los Angeles in 2028, the first Summer Olympics to be hosted in the United States since Atlanta in 1996.

She has previously traveled abroad with her father's administration and represented the US abroad on her own, including trips to Germany, India and Japan.

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