Trump weighs in on United 2026 win

Shortly after United 2026 was awarded the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico, President Donald Trump congratulated the winning bidders. Two days later, he got around to patting himself on the back.

Robert Kraft, the owner of MLS's New England Revolution and the NFL Patriots and a friend of Trump, was named honorary chairman of the United 2026 bid committee last summer.

While Trump had in mid-April issued a veiled threat to withhold support from nations that failed to back United 2026, that tweet did not seem to hurt United 2026's bid. It easily beat Morocco by a vote of 134-65 on the first ballot.

The New York Times reported that Trump wrote three letters to FIFA to guarantee that players, officials and fans would be able to enter the United States without discrimination, and those letters were successfully used by United 2026 officials to allay fears of FIFA members about Trump's position on travel into the United States.
8 comments about "Trump weighs in on United 2026 win".
  1. Ben Myers, June 15, 2018 at 9:04 p.m.

    US-Canada-Mexico won the World Cup 2026 bid, not because of Trump, but in spite of him.  Credit to the national associations who chose to ignore a petty petulant POTUS.

  2. s fatschel replied, June 16, 2018 at 12:52 p.m.

    Would be great to know how many hours he actually put in to have someone write a letter.  You forget narcissist. 

  3. Mario Cesarone replied, June 18, 2018 at 2:14 p.m.

    Bull#### political statements.  You see anybody blaming Clinton for losing it last time around?.  I am simply sick and tired of these idiotic comments.

  4. s fatschel replied, June 19, 2018 at 8:54 a.m.

    I don't see any comments here which are nonsense. The last SA article told us why United got the bid and had nothing to do with POTUS.  If anything his immigration policy put the bid at risk.  Experts agree on his narcissism, that's hardly debatable.

  5. Tom G, June 15, 2018 at 11:09 p.m.

    Politics aside...and the bias associated with it...
    He helped in a constructive way and deserves credit for doing his part as he should.

  6. Wooden Ships replied, June 15, 2018 at 11:40 p.m.

    Thanks Tom.

  7. James Madison, June 16, 2018 at 10:09 p.m.

    Trump's belated support probably diffused doubts created by the combination of his initial threat and his efforts to exclude immigrants and visitors other than for World Cup matches.

  8. Ronnie L, June 19, 2018 at 8:23 p.m.

    I continue to be confused that such a man is the president of the USA. 

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