December 05, 2022

Ivanka Trump in South Korea: still a chance for a diplomatic coup?

After Pence's bruising Opening Ceremony performance, the First Daughter could still steal the show

Press reports on emerging Olympic diplomacy have focused on the “charm offensive” of Pyongyang’s First Sister Kim Yo Jong warming the South Korean public while a dour Vice President Pence sat stone-faced through much of the opening ceremony.

Pence was chastised in particular by the fourth estate for failing to rise when the unified South-North Korean team marched together into the Olympic stadium, thus raining on South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s parade. Score: North Korea, 1; U.S., zero.