"The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup," Trump said on Twitter. "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)?"
According to World Cup rules, countries in Europe and Asia, including Russia, are not eligible to host the 2026 Games. The only other official bid is from Morocco.
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl last month wrote, "we should not be surprised if the 53 African countries vote for Morocco, in part because Morocco is an African country. But also because I think it’s pretty natural that a lot of these countries would not want to vote for the U.S. when it has a leader who has called African countries “s**thole” countries."
Voting is next month.
Trump has never before shown an interest in the World Cup, at least on Twitter.
Some responses via Twitter:
President Trump appears to have threatened the United Nations if the US Doesn't get the 2026 World Cup.— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) April 27, 2018
I'm embarrassed to be an American right now.
Is Trump threatening the U.N. if the U.S. doesn't get a fucking WORLD CUP bid??? https://t.co/F3KsqzLCCY— Bob Cunningham ❄ (@BCunningham215) April 26, 2018
So, US politics has boiled down to "Give us the World Cup or we'll get ultra petty and fuck you all at the UN?"— Captain Y Flight (@TheCreakingDoor) April 26, 2018
Jesus Christ. A touch of perspective would be a helluva thing just now.
Did Trump just openly intimidate and threaten other nations over a world cup bid? 😭😭😭🤣🤣 https://t.co/DrwchHx6kW— BeingHumanAintEnough (@realdanielemeka) April 26, 2018
Trump just threatened to base foreign policy off of whether countries support our bid for the World Cup. This is insane. Right? I'm honestly not even sure what's normal and what's not anymore https://t.co/4ZcSewqyXa— Manach (@Manach_38) April 26, 2018
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