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02/09/2018 07:21 am ET Updated Feb 09, 2018

Mike Pence Left Out In Cold At Winter Olympics VIP Reception

The vice president didn't get a seat because he was late.

Vice President Mike Pence didn’t get the VIP treatment at a VIP reception before the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.

He found himself without a seat after showing up late, after the dinner started, The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reported.

The veep, who is representing President Donald Trump’s administration at the games, was supposed to dine with the U.S. athletes instead.

Then it got even more awkward.

Mike Pence visits with guests at the USA House at the Winter Olympics.
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Mike Pence visits with guests at the USA House at the Winter Olympics.

Pence greeted or shook hands with everyone around a table of dignitaries, except North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, the Post noted. Kim was seated between United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach, so the apparent snub likely created a bit of tension. 

Reuters reported that Pence had planned to stay at the reception briefly because of his appointment with the Americans.

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