After Doubts, Trump Admin Confirms U.S. Will Attend Winter Olympics

Due to the escalating tension between the United States and North Korea, it was an "open question" whether the U.S. would attend, but it's official: we're going.

Dec 7 2017, 7:53pm

Jeremy Long-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, it was not a foregone conclusion the United States would be attending the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Appearing on friend of the program FOX News Wednesday night, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that due to the increasing nuclear tension between the U.S. and North Korea, it was an "open question" whether American athletes would participate in the games. Likewise, earlier today White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it was "not decided" whether the U.S. would participate.

Less than 30 minutes later, it appears we've gone from "not decided" to "decided."

It is, of course, good that the United States government is concerned about the safety of its citizens. However, it would be nice if this administration didn't just haphazardly threaten to drop out of one of the world's biggest sporting events right after Russia was banned. It would also be nice if this administration would think of safety before, say, calling a vicious, neighboring dictator with nuclear capability "little rocket man."

In more sporting matters, this is at least good news for the Olympics (and NBC). Not having Russia—banned from the competition because of a widespread doping scheme—and the United States would have been a major blow to the Games, and NBC's bottom line.