US expects to go to Winter Olympics: WH

The White House says the United States is 'looking forward' to participating in February's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Questions had arisen about security in the neighbour to North Korea, which has recently ramped up weapons testing.

"The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea," press secretary Sarah Sanders wrote in a tweet. "The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley had cast doubt over whether athletes representing the country would participate in the Olympics, telling Fox News on Wednesday that the United States is concerned about its citizens,

When asked Thursday at the regular White House press briefing, Sanders said "no official decision has been made" about participation and the decision would come closer to the games' start date, February 9.

She also said the decision would be reached through a process involving multiple agencies, where President Donald Trump would "certainly weigh in."

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