Ivanka Trump to lead United States delegation at Winter Olympics closing ceremony


In a prepared statement, Trump, whose father is US President Donald Trump, expressed her excitement and said she was "honored" to be chosen to lead the delegation in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Ivanka did not plan to meet officials from North Korea, said the officials on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity, Xinhua news agency reported.

"The goal of the trip is to cheer on American athletes, reaffirm the U.S".

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Sen. Jim Risch will be among those joining Ivanka Trump as part of the official USA delegation, senior administration officials said Wednesday. "Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embody American excellence, and inspire us all".

Before attending events at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Saturday and Sunday, Ivanka Trump plans to have dinner with President Moon Jae In on Friday at the Blue House presidential office in Seoul, according to senior administration officials.

The delegation will also include White House press secretary Sarah Sanders; Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea; Sen.

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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.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean top leader Kim Jong Un, also delivered a letter of Kim Jong Un to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, inviting him to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time.

The high-profile delegation, following Vice President Mike Pence's attendance at the opening ceremony, is seen as Trump's attempt to stress America's close alliance with South Korea.

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