Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the closing Olympics ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea didn’t go as planned. The President Trump’s daughter led a United States delegation for the closing ceremony but not all the American athletes were happy about her visit.
Ivanka led a group of delegates at the games that included Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Marc Knapper, James Risch and several military members. Ivanka was spotted at the Olympics prior to the closing ceremony and she even shared a few pics from the games on social media. This includes a shot with her and figure skaters Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell.
Ivanka had nothing but good things to say about the Olympic athletes that represented the U.S. After watching several events, including the U.S. men’s curling event that took home gold, Ivanka praised the games as being “incredibly inspiring.”
She also said it was an honor to attend the games in South Korea and celebrate the country’s culture and society. Although Ivanka was optimistic about her visit, several U.S. athletes slammed her for attending the games, including Gus Kenworthy.
So proud of all these people! Everybody here has worked so hard to make it to the Olympics and have the opportunity to walk in the closing ceremony! Well… Everyone except Ivanka. Honestly, tf is she doing here?? pic.twitter.com/sfJKi0VTDb
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 25, 2018
Kenworthy’s comments come amid his controversial jabs at Vice President Mike Pence. After injuring his thumb during an event, the skater joked that one positive thing about his injury is that he won’t have to shake the VP’s hand. Kenworthy’s teammate, Adam Rippon, was also involved in the back-and-forth with Pence.
Rippon and Kenworthy are the first two openly gay athletes from the U.S. to compete in the Olympics. Given Pence’s stance against LGBTQ rights, Rippon revealed that he would not meet with him during the Olympics.
Pence has since tweeted his support for Rippon and the rest of the U.S. Olympic team. He also expressed interest in meeting with Rippon to further discuss their differences. In response, Rippon admitted that he is open to meeting with Pence once the Olympics are over.
As far as Ivanka is concerned, President Donald Trump tasked her to head up the Olympic delegation and she was reportedly excited to take the lead. Ivanka is apparently a Winter Olympic enthusiast and jumped at the chance to fly out to South Korea. Unfortunately for Ivanka, not everyone shared her enthusiasm.
Ivanka’s visit, meanwhile, wasn’t all about watching the events. She also met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in about the U.S. sanctions against North Korea. Ivanka assured President Moon that the U.S. will continue the harsh economic sanctions to bring North Korea under control.
The details of the meeting have not been released, though it is clear that Ivanka is taking on more responsibility as the Trump administration heads into its second term.
Ivanka Trump has not responded to the criticism she’s faced during the Olympics.