American bobsledder defends daughters' moment with Ivanka Trump at Olympics

Team USA bobsledder Nate Weber has been soaking in his last few days in PyeongChang, South Korea, with his family.

That’s not unusual, and generally doesn’t garner public attention. Most athletes from all over the world have been simply trying to enjoy the final few moments of the 2018 Olympics after finishing their respective events.

Yet photos of Weber — who is an active-duty U.S. Army Green Beret — with his family spending time with Ivanka Trump has drawn some negative attention on social media, and Weber wasn’t having it.

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US President's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Patrick Semansky (Photo credit should read PATRICK SEMANSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
ALPENSIA, Pyeongchang- FEBRUARY 24 - Ivanka Trump applauds an American Team in the four-man bobsleigh at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Olympic Sliding Centre in Alpensia in Pyeongchang in South Korea. February 24, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump (C-R) poses for a photograph with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (2-R); General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, United Nations Command and ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command (C-L) and Olympic U.S bobsledder Shauna Rohbock (2-L) during a visit to U.S.A House on day sixteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (2nd L) poses for a photo on a balcony of the VIP tent at the Olympic sliding centre before the ski jump tower, during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump is seen at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump is seen at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (not pictured) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump (L) holds the silver medal of US womens bobsleigh silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (R) before the ski jump tower, at the Olympic Sliding Centre during the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump watches the men's four-man bobsleigh event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic games at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ERIC GAILLARD (Photo credit should read ERIC GAILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Speed Skating Ladies' and Men's Mass Start on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Speed Skating Ladies' and Men's Mass Start on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump attends the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump celebrates the gold medal of Team USA during the medal ceremony following the Curling Men's Gold Medal Game between USA and Sweden on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) IOC executive board member Angela Ruggiero, Ivanka Trump, South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook and South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha attend the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG, CHINA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser, watches the Men's Gold Medal Curling match between Sweden and United States of America at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. Ivanka Trump is on a four-day visit to South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Photo by Eric Gaillard-Pool/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Ivanka Trump and South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook attend the Snowboard - Men's Big Air Final on day 15 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 24: Ivanka Trump visits the USA House on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump, (C) daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, watches the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Patrick Semansky - Pool /Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 25: Ivanka Trump attends the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Trump, who is leading the U.S. delegation at the Closing Ceremony, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went to watch Weber compete in the men’s bobsled finals, and watched the event with his family.

Weber responded to Sanders’ post on Twitter almost instantly, thanking her and Trump for inviting his family to join them, which he said was an “amazing experience for them.”

Many on Twitter, though, weren’t happy that Weber let his family spend time with the First Daughter.

Weber responded to the “haters” on Sunday, restating how great of a time his family had with Trump and saying that Trump and his daughters “were like best friends” when they were together.

He even responded to some people specifically, too.

Weber made it clear on Twitter that this move wasn’t at all a political stance. All he wanted, he said, was to simply make his Olympic experience even better for him and his family.

It looks like he did just that.

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