U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro
, co-chairman of the United 2026 bid committee, told Reuters
that he welcomed the support of U.S.
President Donald Trump
in its World Cup 2026 campaign with Morocco and didn't view Trump's recent
tweet about those nations that might not support the North American bid
"I think you have got to appreciate how he says things," said Cordeiro. "I think what was
implicit in what he said was that he would like to see people support our bid and that is what I like my head of state to say."
Trump tweeted that "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)?"
FIFA did not respond
to Trump's tweet, instead referring to its bid regulations
about actions adversely
affecting the integrity of the bidding process or unduly influencing the selection process.
On Monday, Trump said at a Rose Garden event
alongside Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari
he hoped "all African countries and countries throughout the world" will support the North American bid," adding that "we will be watching very closely."
“Mexico and Canada tweeted
on the same day and no-one talks about their tweets," Cordeiro added. "But the reality is that all three heads of states have been very vocal in support of our united bid. I think that is
Cordeiro was speaking from Copenhagen, where the two bidders -- United 2026 and Morocco -- made presentations to six Nordic federations.
The issue of government
support is a fine line. FIFA doesn't want governments interfering in soccer activities, but it counts on them to provide support, often on exacting terms, for the organization of competitions.
FIFA has required extensive signoffs related to visas, taxes, security, labor laws and human rights issues in the World Cup bids submitted by United 2026 and Morocco. That requires United 2026
to work closely with the White House in the bid process.
The White House point person on the World Cup has been Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner