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White House 'looks forward' to Winter Olympics

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Washington.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the U.S. "looks forward to participating" in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

She tweeted that update minutes after saying at a briefing that no official decision had been made.

Sanders said "no official decision has been made" about whether the U.S. will participate in the Olympic games set to take place next year in South Korea. She told reporters at a White House briefing that a decision will be made closer to the games' date.

Her tweet reads: "The U.S. looks forward to participating in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. The protection of Americans is our top priority and we are engaged with the South Koreans and other partner nations to secure the venues."

Heightened tensions on the Korea peninsula have raised safety questions about U.S. participation. Sanders had earlier said "no official decision has been," but that the American goal was to attend.

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