Cheers and jeers: Ivanka Trump goes to the Olympics

First Daughter Ivanka Trump traveled to South Korea to lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Olympic closing ceremony. Along the way, some nice moments and some not so nice, have been captured as she mingles with the athletes. (The Hill)

She said earlier this month that her trip reaffirms her father’s call for a “maximum pressure campaign” to denuclearize North Korea and to “reaffirm our bonds of friendship and partnership” with South Korea.

Ivanka Trump said late Saturday that it was “incredibly inspiring” to attend the games, according to a reporter traveling with her.

“It’s been an amazing couple of days, and such an honor and privilege to be here with our allies in South Korea and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished as a culture, a society, economically and, of course, in sport,” she added.

It should be noted that Ivanka stood and applauded for the unified North and South Korean team, unlike the Vice-President and Second Lady during the opening ceremony.

Ivanka Trump stood up and clapped alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife as North and South Korean athletes entered the 2018 Winter Olympics’ closing ceremony.

Gus Kenworthy, an Olympian is best known for kissing another gay athlete now that he allowed his sexuality to overshadow his animal rights activism, must have wanted to squeeze a bit more out of his Olympic 15 minutes and first tweeted out about Russia, then Ivanka’s visit to the games. He didn’t win any medals this time around.

Well, Trump is there because she is an adviser to the President of the United States (her father) and she is doing a bit of diplomacy along the way.

Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea.

Trump met privately with the South Korean President to brief him on economic sanctions against North Korea that the White House released Friday.

“Trump delivered a personal message to President Moon from President Trump about today’s North Korea related sanctions announcement at a small meeting at the Blue House. They also discussed the continued effort on the joint maximum pressure campaign against North Korea,” a senior administration official said in a statement.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the President’s daughter has “been part of the team” as the White House puts pressure on North Korea.

“Ivanka Trump has been briefed on this. … She had dinner with President Moon and had a private discussion in advance about this occurring and this has been an interagency process,” Mnuchin said.

Fortunately, the nasty little dullard Kenworthy seems to not be in the majority here. Other athletes have stepped forward and happily posed with Trump, even offering up teachable moments about basic civility and respect. Lauren Gibbs, a silver medalist in women’s bobsled race, offered to let Ivanka try on her medal.

“I feel like this is almost like trying on someone’s wedding band,” Trump said, according to a pool report. “Am I allowed?”

Gibbs placed the medal around Trump’s neck.

“That is so cool,” Trump said as she raised the medal with one hand and put her other arm around Gibbs as they posed for photos.

A snowboarder wanted a lift back to America on Air Force One. Alas, that’s a no-go but he did get an invitation from Ivanka.

And, finally, a message to the haters: