Feb 8, 2018 - Sports

Pence responds to reports gay Olympian declined meeting

Vice President Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics, has called a report that a gay figure skater declined a meeting with him “fake news."

The details: USA Today reported on Wednesday that the skater, Adam Rippon, was invited to have a one-on-one talk with Pence over recent comments he made about the Vice President. Asked by the reporter about Pence's ceremonial role, Rippon said, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.” He later declined the meeting, the publication said, citing sources.

The other side: The report said Pence’s press secretary, Alyssa Farah, didn’t respond to a request for comment. But after the story was published, Farah submitted a statement, saying the “accusation is totally false and has no basis in fact.”

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