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John Kerry would let daughter attend Sochi Olympics

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Secretary of State John Kerry said that he would allow his own daughter to attend the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but urged Americans to remain cautious about possible terrorism.

In an interview with NBC News that aired Thursday, Kerry said the U.S. would share any information gained about specific terror threats but added that Americans headed to the games should not change their plans.

Asked if he would be comfortable with one of his daughters traveling to Russia, Kerry said: “Based on the information I have, yes.”

“But again, if there's something more specific, if there's something — that's challenging, we'll obviously make people aware of it,” he added.

“We have to be, all of us, vigilant and attentive,” Kerry continued. “But as I said, if an American wants to go, including my daughter, I'd say go.”

Worries have grown that terror groups could target the Olympics. The U.S. has offered Russia security assistance, but top lawmakers have complained that Russian authorities are not fully cooperating with their American counterparts.

President Obama on Tuesday received a briefing in the White House Situation Room on security preparations for Sochi.

“The President was briefed on the security environment, our cooperation with Russian authorities, and on the full range of U.S. government support for our athletes, delegation, and Americans attending the Olympics,” said a White House statement.

“He was assured by his team that they are taking all appropriate steps regarding the safety of Americans,” the White House added, noting that Russia was primarily responsible for security.

In an interview last week, Obama said he believed the games would be safe.

“There are always some risks in these large, international gatherings,” Obama told CNN's Jake Tapper.

“We're not discouraging in any way Americans from participating,” he added.

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