President Trump took credit for the “very successful” Olympic Games on Tuesday, despite the fact that they took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. “We’ve been given tremendous credit, because the Olympics was not going well,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
Trump also took credit for the North Korean delegation’s appearance at the games, although his administration had heavily criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s decision to reach out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Vice President Mike Pence notably refused to stand for the unified Korean team when they entered the stadium during the Opening Ceremony.
“When [North Korea] came in out of the blue and said ‘we’d love to participate in the Olympics,’ it made the Olympics very successful,” Trump said. “President Moon of South Korea was very generous in his statements as to the fact that we had a lot to do with that, if not everything.”
Trump added, “The Olympics were beautiful, they were really very successful. And as you know, they weren’t looking that way prior to.” Watch the odd comments below.
Trump: North Korea’s participation “made the Olympics very successful” pic.twitter.com/cGZmYjl1Rj
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 6, 2018