HuffPost: Mike Pence Left Out In Cold At Winter Olympics VIP Reception
The vice president didn't get a seat because he was late.
Mike Pence was not given the typical treatment awarded to an American dignitary. After showing up to a special VIP Olympic dinner late he was not given a seat because the dinner had already begun. He said he would eat with the United States athletes instead.
But then Pence made things more difficult by greeting a group of dignitaries and refusing to shake the hand of the Head of State from North Korea. Pence’s snub is out of spirit with the games especially since North and South Korea have made an effort to use the games to de-escalate tensions that have been rising.
Mike Pence also refused to stand for the joint delegation from North and South Korea. He also sat near Kim Jong Un’s sister but did not interact with her during the opening ceremony. Mike Pence was only supposed to attend the reception briefly before heading to meet the US athletes.