Did Trump put North America's 2026 World Cup bid in jeopardy?

Donald Trump sent out an ill-advised tweet about the 2026 World Cup bid. FIFA responded. More

Donald Trump sent out an ill-advised tweet about the 2026 World Cup bid. FIFA responded. More

Trump tweeted that it was a "shame" that countries to which America has lent its financial and strategic support in the past are now reported to be supporting a bid other than the "strong one put together" by the North American trio. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?¨.

FIFA, global soccer's governing body, declined to comment on the Twitter post. "The president of the United States is totally supportive and encouraged us to support this joint proposal, he is especially pleased that Mexico is part of the project and in recent days we have received more encouragement in this regard", he added.

In March, former US Soccer president Sunil Gulati stepped down as the bid's chairman and was replaced by three co-chairs: Canada Soccer president Steven Reed, Mexico Football Federation president Decio de Maria, and new US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro.

As the only contender facing the North American trio in what now seems to be a geopolitical struggle, Morocco 2026 says that it is counting on sports-related activities to convince voters of the quality and merits of Morocco's candidacy on June 13, when national federations will convene in Moscow to determine the best strategy.

The joint USA-Canada-Mexico bid is in pole position and can already count on the support of CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and CONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation.

But in a tweet, President Trump issued a thinly veiled threat to countries considering lobbying against the joint North American bid.

The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994, and that 24-team, 52-match tournament still holds the all-time attendance record (with almost 3.6m spectators), despite a subsequent expansion of the format to 32 teams and 64 matches. All 206 votes from member nations will be made public. By falling 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago in their last qualifying match, the United States did not make it to the World Cup for the first time in more than 30 years. "We didn't discuss it, because the president knows me, and he knows where I'm coming from and I appreciate that".

"We think that we are owed that", Trump said.

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