Vice President Mike Pence was left standing at a VIP event at the Winter Olympics.
The dinner celebrating the opening of the Winter Games on Friday night played host to world leaders, but organizers weren't expecting the Vice President. By the time he strolled in, the event had already started. Awkward.
Major screw-up at VIP reception before PyeongChang Olympics opening ceremony: VP Pence showed up late, after dinner had begun, and there was no seat for him because he was supposed to have dinner with the US athletes...— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 9, 2018
The Veep was supposed to be dining with U.S. athletes. Instead, he basically crashed the VIP reception and stayed long enough to gladhand everyone he could. Or almost everyone.
Pence ignored the delegation from North Korea, whose presence in South Korea was a first since the war that divided their countries.
So Pence went around the table and greeted/shook hands with everyone - except North Korea’s Kim Yong Nam, who was sitting between the UN sec-gen Guterres and IOC chairman Bach— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) February 9, 2018
World tensions being what they are, reactions to Pence's snub were mixed:
You've got to at least try and make dialogue. North and South are getting along for now, even if it's temporary. We look scared and petty by doing this.— The Humble Peasant 🇺🇲🥇🇺🇲 (@aHumblePeasant) February 9, 2018
NK shouldn't have anyone at the games and either should Russia. What a disgrace IOC— Kevin Pacholski (@PacholskiKevin) February 9, 2018
You may remember Pence believes that glaring at North Korea constitutes foreign policy:
It's been over sixty years since a representative of the North Korean government has made an appearance in South Korea. After recent overtures towards diplomacy between the two bitter enemies, the world is watching the with guarded interest.
H/T: Huffington Post