Vice President Mike Pence finally took a knee — not for the National Anthem, but for the brutal North Korean regime run by dictator and propagandist Kim Jong-Un.
During the welcoming reception at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, in which countries from all over are recognized, North Korean athletes appeared.
And despite applause and acknowledgment from the crowd and the leaders of North and South Korea within an arms length, Vice President Pence and his wife remained seated and simply looked onward.
Here’s a picture of the moment — Mike and Karen Pence are not having it:
They’re not wrong in sitting — the United States has no alliance to North Korea, only hostility propagated by the North and the evil regime run by Kim Jong-Un.
And Pence wasn’t fazed at all by the pressure of Kim Jong-Un’s sister being seated within just feet of him.
Here are more details, according to Time:
North Korea sent some of the highest level officials ever to the south for these games, the result of diplomacy by Seoul that led to an agreement between the two countries — still formally at war — to participate together in the Winter Games. Athletes from the two countries formed a joint women’s hockey team.
However, Pence is not letting up on the tough rhetoric he’s been delivering since arriving in Asia. Speaking to NBC’s “Nightly News” on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the US would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever “action is necessary to defend our homeland.”
Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.
Pence was in close proximity to the North Korean party both at the VIP reception and later, watching the opening ceremony from South Korean President Moon Jae-in box, which included Kim Yong Nam and leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong.
That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.
As for sharing Moon’s box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon’s box to watch the opening ceremony. They said Pence could have opted to sit with the US delegation and avoided the box that included the North Koreans.