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.