Vice President Mike Pence has officially returned from his short stint leading the American Olympic delegation in South Korea, and, contrary to earlier reports from CNN, he told the Washington Post Monday that he believes diplomatic progress has been made with North Korea — though none of it was made by slobbering U.S. media outlets, anxious to echo North Korean propaganda.
Although Pence and his boss, President Donald Trump, were mocked for “subverting” the Korean peace process by failing to acknowledge North Korean plumage-bearing in the early days of the Games, it seems Pence and South Korean president Moon Jae-in had several productive talks and have even begun to agree on a framework for diplomatic relations with the North.
“The frame for the still-nascent diplomatic path forward is this: The United States and its allies will not stop imposing steep and escalating costs on the Kim Jong Un regime until it takes clear steps toward denuclearization,” the Post reports. “But the Trump administration is now willing to sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing.” – READ MORE
On Monday, some of the co-hosts on “The View” voiced their displeasure at how Vice President Mike Pence did not stand when athletes from North and South Korea marched during the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics. Pence only stood when the U.S. team entered the arena.
Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed to when Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game because players protested the national anthem.
“I thought that Mike Pence said that it was inappropriate to make political statements at sporting events,” she said. “Wasn’t he that guy who walked out of the football game because people were kneeling and not standing?” – READ MORE
In a tweet posted Saturday, the Connecticut Democrat poked fun at Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to stand during the entrance of the combined Korea team at the 2018 Winter Olympics, which included communist North Korea.
Murphy compared the vice president’s action to NFL players who have chosen to kneel the playing of the U.S. national anthem.
Why does Pence hate the opening ceremonies? Oh wait…he's a using ceremony at a sporting event to protest something else. Where have I seen that before? https://t.co/B9sTboKVa9
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) February 10, 2018
“Why does Pence hate the opening ceremonies? Oh wait…he’s a using ceremony at a sporting event to protest something else. Where have I seen that before?” the junior senator from Connecticut tweeted Saturday morning. – READ MORE
Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence led the American delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The vice president raved about the honor on Twitter as the opening ceremony kicked things off Friday:
An incredible honor for Karen and me to lead the U.S. Delegation at the @Pyeongchang2018 Winter Olympic Games. The Opening Ceremony was extraordinary, and we wish ALL THE BEST for our @TeamUSA athletes. #TeamUSA #VPinAsia pic.twitter.com/1W2f5djir9
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) February 10, 2018
But these games in particular are not just about sportsmanship and putting on a show on the world stage — because of continued tensions between North Korea and most of the world (but the United States, specifically), there has been an underlying political thread in every event.
As the joint team of North and South Korean athletes was introduced, the Pences remained seated. CBS Sports reported:
But the vice president, per reports from CBS News and the Associated Press, neither interacted with Jong nor stood to recognize the joint North and South Korea team that entered for the ceremony.
Pence, Abe give a pass to standing during entrance of joint Korean Olympic team. pic.twitter.com/ulY4PZs5cI
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) February 10, 2018
Other reports corroborated the suggestion that Pence and his wife, Karen, were the only people in the VIP press box not to stand in recognition of the Korean Olympic delegation, which marched united for the first time since 2007. – READ MORE