WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Olympics will be unaffected by a potential U.S. government shutdown.
Pence is set to lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday evening. An official who was unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter says the vice president's trip will continue as planned even if Congress doesn't act before midnight to keep the government open.
White House officials say the trip's diplomatic and national security aims - which revolve around highlighting North Korea's human rights abuses and nuclear program - meet the criteria for critical spending during a lapse in federal funding.
Pence traveled to the Middle East during the three-day January government shutdown, with aides citing the same exception.