Adam Rippon opens the possibility of meeting with Vice President Mike Pence

Kim Kwang Hyon File

US figure skater Adam Rippon has no plans on meeting with Vice President Mike Pence anytime soon. Brennan is also a CNN sports analyst. Farah did not reply to an email earlier this week seeking comment on this story.

Scranton's Adam Rippon is a star on the Team USA figure skating squad.

Rippon would did not confirm nor deny the USA Today report on Thursday with reporters, pointing inquiries to the USOC.

"The vice president's office did not reach out to set up a conversation with Mr. Rippon". #FAKENEWS. Our athletes are the best in the world and we are for ALL of them!

Rippon's publicist Lynn Plage offered no further comment on the matter.

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"You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?" the 28-year-old said. "I've been really focused on the competition", Rippon said.

The remark led to a rebuttal by Pence's press secretary, who said the vice president was "proud" to lead the American delegation and support its athletes. "Despite these misinformed claims, the vice president will be enthusiastically supporting all the United States athletes competing next month in Pyeongchang", press secretary Alyssa Farah said.

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The vice president attracted the ire of some in the LGBTQ community by signing Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law as governor of in in 2015, which critics claimed encouraged discrimination against gay people.

Rippon went on to say he'd rather not meet the vice president during the traditional meet-and-greet between the official delegation and U.S. Olympians that occurs before the opening ceremony. "I'm not buying it", Rippon told USA Today in an interview at the time.

"If I had the chance to meet him afterwards, after I'm finished competing, there might be a possibility to have an open conversation", Rippon said last month.

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 unsafe crises, in which U.S. President Donald Trump and Pyongyang have swapped bellicose threats of nuclear war. But I don't think the current administration represents the values that I was taught growing up. 'To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he's a devout Christian man is completely contradictory.

Pence's office responded to the USA Today report Wednesday, denying that he tried to set up a meeting with Rippon.

The 28-year-old Rippon is the first openly gay US 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 told Ellen DeGeneres last week that the vice president was a "strange choice".

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