Ivanka Trump arrived in South Korea Friday night to attend the closing of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, in a visit that has been eagerly anticipated by the progressive government here.
Although the White House says the president’s adviser is here to represent the United States and cheer on the American team, local media are drawing comparisons between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to send his sister to the opening, and President Trump’s decision to send his daughter to the closing.
“It’s a great honor to be here in South Korea with the U.S. delegation,” Trump said upon arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul. “We are very, very excited to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to cheer for Team USA and to reaffirm our strong and enduring commitment with the people of the Republic of Korea.”
Trump will attend a dinner at the presidential Blue House on Friday night that features “Korean food designed to be palatable for foreigners,” and has been “delicately prepared” to be kosher for her.
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