Gay Olympic athlete turns down Pence meeting

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American figure skater Adam Rippon says he doesn't want his team to be distracted by his animosity toward Mike Pence over the us vice president's conservative stance on gay rights. Brennan is also a CNN sports analyst.

The vice president's office did not respond to a CNN request for comment earlier Wednesday.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters all sides, not just the two Koreas, needed to work hard and dialogue between the United States and North Korea should be expanded for this to happen, Wang said. Rippon said in the January 17 interview with USA Today. "As we've said before, the vice president is supporting all the United States athletes in the Olympics and is hoping they all win medals", Agen said. The skater's agent, David Baden, confirmed in an email Thursday that Pence "asked to speak with Adam a few weeks ago".

Mike Pence has spoken out in support of the openly gay Team USA figure skater who refused a sit-down meeting with him at the Winter Olympics.

"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?" the 28-year-old said.

Rippon said he was not having trouble maintaining his concentration.

Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, quickly released a statement in response to Rippon's remarks.




Rippon declined to confirm if Pence had in fact reached out to him, referring queries to the U.S. Olympic Committee. "As we've said before, the vice president is supporting all the USA athletes in the Olympics and is hoping they all win medal". Pence has been considered an opponent of the LGBT community after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as governor of Indiana.

The Vice President tweeted Adam Rippon on Thursday saying "we are for you", adding "I am proud of you and all of our great athletes" ahead of the Pyeongchang Olympics which starts on Friday.

The US men's figure skating champion, however, said, "If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I'm finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation".

South Korea wants to use the Olympics to re-engage with North Korea and open the way for talks to resolve one of the world's most risky crises, in which U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped bellicose threats of nuclear war.

"He seems more mild-mannered than Donald Trump.But I don't think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up".

The 28-year-old Rippon is the first openly gay USA man to qualify for the Winter Olympics, though a number of Olympic figure skaters have come out as members of the LGBTQ community after their competitive days have ended. Skier Gus Kenworth said the vice president was a "strange choice" during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres last week.

The figure skater said he wouldn't visit the White House if he was invited after the games because he doesn't think he'd be "welcome" as a gay athlete.

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