Arkansas korndog and erstwhile White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will accompany Ivanka Trump to represent the United States at the closing ceremony of the Olympic games. Not from The Onion, but The Hill:

An official noted that Sanders is scheduled to cheer on the U.S. team and cheer on the female athletes at the games.

The White House said that Sanders will join a delegation led by President Trump‘s daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump and Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho).

Sarah and Ivanka are our official cheering squad, isn’t that grand? Do you suppose they’ll carry pom poms and jump up and down? Why don’t they take Hope, at least she looks the part, and God knows she’s no more qualified to be a diplomat than Sanders.

This cheerful decision apparently was prompted by the fact that Mike Pence made an ass of himself once again and he’s apparently loath to return to the arena, lest the lions get him.

News of Sanders’s plans to attend the closing ceremony comes just a day after it was reported that plans for a meeting between Vice President Pence and top North Korean officials were canceled after North Korea backed out.

“North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the Vice President softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics,” Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, said in a statement Tuesday.

This is what passes for foreign policy and diplomacy in the Trump administration. Trump was absolutely right for once when he tweeted, “They’re laughing their asses off in Russia.” Indeed they are, and everywhere else, too.

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