The ceremony of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour with Coca-Cola and FIFA Leadership unveils the New York City Cup.
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President Donald Trump pushed into the campaign on Thursday with the goal of bringing the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United States. He promised a veiled threat to withdraw the political support of nations voting against the offer.
A surprisingly surprising development, Trump, who had previously shown little appetite for football, seemed to put his full support behind the tripartite bid that the US, Mexico and Canada might be co-hosting the biggest football tournament.
"The US has made a strong bid for Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup," Trump wrote. "It would be a shame if countries we always support lobbied against US offerings, why should we support these countries if they do not support us (not even at the United Nations)?"
The business mogul was not going to tell politicians which countries he refers to, but the only other contender in the race to be host is Morocco. Given the political nature of FIFA, the World Football Association, and the tactical nature of voting in such matters, it is widely expected that Morocco will receive support from virtually the entire African continent.
Other electoral blocs, including those of Europe and Asia, are still considered very good, and the vote will be finalized on 13 June just before the start of the World Cup in Russia.
"From the beginning, we have strong support from the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States," said a statement from the Tendering Committee in response to Trump's comments. "We are grateful for this support and together, our three countries are ready to welcome players and fans from around the world to an extraordinary 2026 FIFA World Cup." World Cup organizers play down Donald Trump factor to Morocco
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One of the strengths of the bid is that of CONCACAF (North and West) Central America and the Caribbean) Confederation has not staged the tournament since the US in 1994.
Africa welcomed the World of Football in South Africa in 2010, but the northern part of this continent has never been
The controversial nature of the Trump regime and its strong attitude towards immigration are considered potentially harmful to the offer, though recalled should be that Trump would not be in office in 2026, even if he got two terms.
The competition would spread between the three countries, although the US would be the primary host, with initial plans to play 60 of 80 games here. In its lobbying work Morocco has worked hard to show its comparative safety record with far fewer terrorist attacks, but may be hurt by its poor record on the rights of LGBT citizens.
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