“The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump tweeted his support for the North American country.
“It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”
The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2018
Morocco is the only rival to a joint bid to stage the event from the United States, Canada and Mexico ahead of the FIFA Congress meeting in Moscow to choose the hosts.
President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico responded positively to Trump’s tweet.
“We can have differences but football unites us. Together we support the candidacy of Mexico, Canada and USA as the headquarters of the World Cup 2026,” he wrote.
FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment but spokesman for the tri-nation North American bid said they were pleased to have the support of Trump.
“From the beginning, we have received strong support from the Canadian, Mexican, and United States governments. We are grateful for that support and together our three countries are ready to welcome players and fans from around the world to an extraordinary FIFA World Cup in 2026.”
Canada, Mexico and the United States boast of large stadiums and excellent infrastructure but is no certainty to win the June vote with Morocco’s bid expected to receive strong backing from FIFA’s African and Middle East countries.
France is also in line to back Morocco, the country’s football federation president told local media recently, while Russia, which will host the 2018 tournament from June 14-July 15, has said it will also vote for the north African nation’s bid.
The United has previously hosted the World Cup in 1994.
Each FIFA member country, regardless of how big the country is receives one vote.