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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:45 AM

12. Trump will boast that he won it. He had threatened to withdraw aid from countries

that voted for Morocco. This was the one weak point in the United bid - the political intrusion and threats by Trump. see eg

Will Donald Trump cost North America the 2026 World Cup?

And that was before this week and Trump’s thinly veiled quid pro quo appeals to foreign nations to support the bid, which appear to run afoul of Fifa guidelines barring the use of political influence during the bidding process.

Trump’s Twitter threat last week warning nations mulling a vote against the North American bid prompted the gentlest of admonishment from the worldwide governing body. And then came Monday’s joint White House press conference with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, where Trump doubled down.

“I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup,” he said. “We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate.”

Trump appeared to tie the issue to trade, saying the United States hopes “to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world”.

“You see what’s happening with respect to trade and the United States. We are being respected again,” he added. The mafia undertones were unmistakable: We’ve got a nice deal here. It would be a shame if something were to happen to it.


Trump has so far, for once, appeared to just put out an appropriate tweet:

"The U.S., together with Mexico and Canada, just got the World Cup. Congratulations - a great deal of hard work!"

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