President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House in Washington on April 26th. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)
The president's tweet began with a rare call for Pan-American unity and ended with an international threat [
President Trump announced his support for a joint North American campaign to host the FIFA Football Association on Thursday night. World Cup 2026 in which he tweeted that the US had made "a strong bid with Canada and Mexico" hosted the international football tournament in all three countries
But then Trump appeared to threaten nations that offered the North American rejected. "It would be a shame if countries we always support lobbied against US offerings," Trump wrote in a tweet. "Why should we support these countries if they do not support us (not even at the United Nations)?"
The President's Comments Come As The North American campaign faces fierce competition from Morocco, the only country staging the 2026 World Cup. The FIFA Congress will meet on 13 June, just before the start of the World Cup in Russia, to elect the host of 2026.
North America was initially heavily favored to defeat Morocco, also because the three countries would offer dozens of quality facilities and do not need new stadium construction to accommodate the massive tournament. Mexico and Canada would each host 10 matches in three cities, while in the US 60 games would be played in 17 cities, according to the campaign. It will be the first World Cup with a field of 48 teams – a 50 percent increase.
But competition with Morocco has narrowed as expected, ESPN reported, partly because of Trump, who has mostly issued a travel ban on Muslim countries, and received sharp criticism calling African countries "Shithole countries". (Statements he rejects)
Sunil Gulati, chairman of North American Competition, said in January that political factors would complicate efforts.
"It's going to be a tough fight," he said, the Washington Post reported. "This is not just about our stadiums and our hotels and all that. It's about the perception of America, and it's a difficult time in the world."
"There are only certain things we can control," he said. "We can not control what's happening at 38th parallel in Korea, we can not control what's going on with messages in Tel Aviv, and we can not control what's happening with the climate change reports, we'll do our best."
Morocco is expected to secure most, if not all, support in Africa. The continent is FIFA's largest ballot with 54 votes, which is just over half of the need to receive a host.
Earlier this month, the French Football Federation said it would choose Morocco as the venue for the World Cup.
"I do not see myself near a country that is close to us," Federation President Noel Le Graet told L & # 39; Equipe. "Africa has had only one World Cup, that's not much." (South Africa hosted the first World Cup of the continent in 2010.
"Morocco is ready, even if it does not have the same resources as its competitors," added Le Graet added, "France has only one voice, but perhaps we will give momentum to Europe to vote for Morocco."
The American Football Association officially announced the offer for North America at a press conference in New York on April 10 [Gulatisaid"ThePresidentoftheUnitedStatesfullysupportsusandencouragedustomakethisjointofferandheisparticularlypleasedthatMexicoispartofthisbidis-andwehaveencouragedthatinthelastfewdays"
Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, 1970 and 1986, and the United States stints The massive men's football tournament takes place in 1994. US officials struggled to host the 2022 World Cup, but lost to Qatar.
Mexico's President, Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted on Thursday night: "We can have differences but football unites us, and together we support Mexico, Canada, and the US to host the 2026 World Cup, @realDonaldTrump @JustinTrudeau. "
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