Ivanka Trump is reportedly going to get a lavish, first lady-style welcome at the Winter Olympics — in the hope she'll persuade Trump to visit North Korea

  • South Korea plans to roll out the red carpet for Ivanka Trump when she visits the country next week, according to local media.
  • The South Korean president plans to greet her in person, and accompany her to a skiing event at the Winter Olympics, a report said.
  • The country has no diplomatic obligation to host her with such grandeur, but is "considering exceptional measures" to influence President Trump.
  • They want to flatter Ivanka so she can persuade her father to visit North Korea.


South Korea is reportedly preparing a lavish reception for Ivanka Trump's visit next week, the kind that would usually be reserved for a first lady of head of state.

Officials are said to be planning to roll out the red carpet ahead of the Winter Olympics — with the ultimate goal of lobbying her father, President Donald Trump, to visit North Korea on a diplomatic trip.

Seoul plans to host Ivanka Trump as if she were First Lady, South Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported on Monday. She is visiting Pyeongchang on February 25 for the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

According to the newspaper, officials plan to flatter Ivanka by having South Korean President Moon Jae In accompany her to watch a skiing competition, and by getting First Lady Kim Jung Sook to show her round the country. Ivanka is a keen skier herself, and has hit the slopes at least twice since her father took office.

Officials reportedly also want to "lavish" her three children with presents.

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White House advisor Jared Kushner with his 6-year-old daughter Arabella, walk across the South Lawn, after returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, 6-year-old Arabella, 3-year-old Joseph, and 1-year-old Theodore, walk across the South Lawn, after returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: Special Advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, Arabella, 6, Joseph, 3, and Theodore, 1 exit Marine One on the South Lawn August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is returning to the White House after a weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: Special Advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, Arabella, 6, Joseph, 3, and Theodore, 1 exit Marine One on the South Lawn August 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is returning to the White House after a weekend at Camp David. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump, carries her son Theodore as she holds hands with son Joseph, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner (L), senior White House adviser, and daughter Arabella (2nd L), as the walk from Marine One upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, August 27, 2017, after spending the weekend at Camp David, the Presidential retreat in Maryland. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, 6-year-old Arabella, 3-year-old Joseph, and 1-year-old Theodore, walk across the South Lawn, after returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, 6-year-old Arabella, 3-year-old Joseph, and 1-year-old Theodore, walk across the South Lawn, after returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump with their children, 6-year-old Arabella, 3-year-old Joseph, and 1-year-old Theodore, walk through the White House Colonnade, after returning to the White House from a weekend at Camp David, on Sunday, August 27, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Although Seoul has no diplomatic obligation to host the president's child on such a grand level, officials are "considering exceptional measures" because of Ivanka's influence in the White House, an unnamed South Korean government official told The Chosun Ilbo.

By comparison, Vice President Mike Pence wasn't given such a warm welcome when he arrived in South Korea to open the Winter Olympics two weeks ago.

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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People?s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People?s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People?s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Opening ceremony ? Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, President of the Presidium of the Supreme People?s Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
US Vice President Mike Pence (front L), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front R), North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd L) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un;s sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) watch the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 9: President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-sook, Karen Pence (wife of Karen Pence), Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA, above them President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US Vice President Mike Pence (R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 9: President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-sook, Karen Pence (wife of Karen Pence), Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA, above them President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-sook, Karen Pence (wife of Karen Pence), Mike Pence, Vice-President of USA, above them President of North Korea Kim Yong-nam and Kim Yo-jong, sister of President of North Korea Kim Jong-un during the opening ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back left) watch on during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front R) sits beside US Vice President Mike Pence (front 2nd R) and Pence's wife Karen as they watch the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Dignitaries including (bottom L to R) South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Moon's wife Kim Jung-Sook, US Vice President Mike Pence, Pence's wife Karen Pence, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 3rd R), North Korea's Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong (back 2nd R) and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's wife Elke Buedenbender (back R) attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Vice President Mike Pence, bottom right, speaks with second lady Karen Pence at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics, with behind Pence are Kim Yong Nam, second from top right, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Patrick Semansky - Pool /Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: South Korean President Moon Jae-in, center, stands alongside first lady Kim Jung-sook, U.S. second lady Karen Pence and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as the South Korean national anthem is played at the opening ceremony with top left Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Patrick Semansky - Pool /Getty Images)
Karen Pence, wife of US Vice President Mike Pence, (R), North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (C) and Kim Jung-Sook (L), the wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Karen Pence (front R), wife of US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (top C), North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (top L), Kim Jung-Sook (front C), the wife of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (front L), attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Chosun Ilbo said: "The government apparently wants to soften her up so [Donald] Trump agrees to a mooted visit to Pyongyang by President Moon Jae In."

Seoul is rolling out the red carpet for Trump "on the assumption that she is to all intents and purposes the first lady of the US rather than Trump's reluctant wife Melania," The Chosun Ilbo added.

South Korea has been actively pushing for peace on the Korean peninsula. Earlier this month President Moon met with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and pledged to "creating the necessary conditions in the future" for him to visit the North.

The US has also expressed willingness to negotiate with Kim Jong Un, but pledged to maintain a "maximum pressure" approach until Pyongyang reached out.

It's unclear whether Trump will meet Kim Yo Jong — who has been dubbed "the Ivanka Trump of North Korea" — during her visit. Pence skipped a dinner in order to avoid her.

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