Ivanka, Huckabee Sanders arrive in South Korea

Ivanka, Huckabee Sanders arrive in South Korea
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Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically EXCLUSIVE: Career officials rebut claims of White House interference in security clearance process MORE and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders arrived in South Korea on Friday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. 

The games have become a focal point for diplomatic relations between the U.S., North Korea and South Korea. 

The first daughter, a senior adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE who is leading the U.S. delegation to the ceremony on Sunday, said her trip aims to reaffirm her father's call for a "maximum pressure campaign" to denuclearize North Korea and to "reaffirm our bonds of friendship and partnership" with the South, according to The New York Times

"We cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country," President Trump said of his daughter's arrival in a tweet on Friday. 


Both the White House and South Korean officials have reportedly said the first daughter's trip is not likely to include a meeting with the North Korean delegation to the games. 

Vice President Pence declined to meet with North Korean representatives at the opening ceremony of the games earlier this month and avoided North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister who was seated next to him and his wife in the VIP seating for the ceremony. 

Before a dinner at the presidential residence in Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in emphasized to Ivanka Trump in a closed-door meeting that the U.S. and South Korea must continue to work side by side to force North Korean denuclearization, a spokesman for the president told reporters.