Sport Winter Olympics 2018 Ivanka Trump arrives in Pyeongchang for closing ceremony and some Winter Olympics action

Ivanka Trump arrives in Pyeongchang for closing ceremony and some Winter Olympics action

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As one of her father's close advisers, Ms Trump talked politics over a private banquet dinner. Photo: Getty
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President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump has arrived in South Korea where she’ll lead the US delegation to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this weekend.

Arriving to a red-carpet welcome, this is her first visit since her father became US president in 2016, telling waiting media she was “very, very excited” to attend the Games and cheer on Team USA.

And she did just that.

Wearing a bright-red ski suit on Saturday, Ivanka Trump stood and cheered along the Americans competing in the snowboard Mens Big Air final with three American snowboarders qualifying for the final medal round (USA’s Kyle Mack finished with a silver medal).

Surrounded by security, Ms Trump — herself a skiier — was comfortable and relaxed in sub-zero temperatures and happy to pose for selfies.

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IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero, Ivanka Trump, South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook and South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha at the Snowboard – Men’s Big Air Final. Photo: Getty

Her arrival at the airport was broadcast live on TV as she said she was “looking forward to several wonderful days” in South Korea.

Ms Trump revealed she had dinner with President Moon Jae-in and thanked him for First Lady Kim for their hospitality.

Addressing guests seated at an elaborately-set round table, Ms Trump swapped hats in her role as one of her father’s close advisers, and turned to politics.

“Thank you for hosting us all here tonight as we reaffirm our bonds of friendship, of cooperation, of partnership and reaffirm our commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsular is denuclearised,” she said.

A North Korean delegation will also attend the closing ceremony, but the South Korean government said it’s unlikely that Ivanka Trump will meet the North Koreans or defectors from North Korea.

Speculation is high in South Korea that she might deliver a message from President Trump on North Korea.

For now, there are no signs that Ivanka Trump will meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, who is to attend the closing ceremony.

The White House has emphasised that the purpose of her visit is to celebrate athletes’ achievements, highlighting that she is a winter sports enthusiast herself.