President Donald Trump
hosted FIFA president Gianni Infantino
and U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro
in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
Speaking to the press
noted how impressed his son, Barron
, who played in the Development Academy at D.C. United last season, was that he was meeting Infantino.
The meeting was
the first since FIFA awarded the USA, Canada and Mexico the 2026 World Cup. Trump noted he wouldn't be in office in 2026, then commented that perhaps his term should be extended because it would be
boring for the media without him around.
Trump was given a "26" jersey by Infantino and a "45" U.S. Soccer jersey by Cordeiro. Trump was also presented red and yellow cards.
When Infantino commented that "this could be useful," Trump said he liked that and took the red card from Infantino and pretended to fling it in the direction of the press in the Oval
Office. He repeated he liked the cards, prompting Cordeiro to respond, "The next media session."
Official White House transcript ... THE PRESIDENT:
Well, thank you very much. We very much
appreciate the fact that we have won a very important event: the World Cup in 2026. And we’ll be hosting it along with Mexico and Canada. And it’s a very special event. I think it’s
probably certainly one of the biggest, and maybe the biggest sporting event in the world.
And soccer has come such a long way. Soccer is a game — I guess you call it
“football.” But, over here, maybe at some point, they’ll change the name. I’m not sure, but we’ll see. MR. INFANTINO:
Let’s see. Let’s
see. We can negotiate that. THE PRESIDENT:
But it’s working very well either way. But I just want to thank Gianni Infantino for being here. He’s the president of FIFA
and a highly respected man. In fact, when my son heard he was going to be here, he said, “Dad, I’d like to meet him.” So you’re pretty famous, right? Pretty important and
pretty famous. MR. INFANTINO:
Yeah, it looks like it. THE PRESIDENT:
He likes — my son, Barron, loves soccer. And soccer has to be one of the
fastest-growing sports in the world. And the job you’ve done is really fantastic, Gianni. So thank you very much.
And I want to also pay my respect to Carlos Cordeiro, who —
as president, in this country, of soccer — has been incredibly instrumental in helping us to get the World Cup. And he’s worked so hard, so long. And they were calling me constantly to try
to get me to come onboard, but it only took one call because when I heard “World Cup,” I wanted to do it.
And again, we want to thank you. It’s all signed up. It’s
all set to go. And it’ll be a special event. I think it’s going to be something, really, very special.
And, Gianni, maybe I’d ask you to say a few words, and then
Carlos. MR. INFANTINO:
Definitely. Well, thanks. Thanks, President, for welcoming us here. It’s a great honor to be here. And thanks for everything you are doing to support
our sport as well. Obviously, 2026, the World Cup — biggest event — sporting event for sure, but probably even social event in the world.
We just had the World Cup in Russia.
More than 4 billion viewers. The final only — over 1 billion viewers. It’s massive. It’s huge. So, in Russia, President, we said that you would organize the best World Cup ever.
Right? THE PRESIDENT:
Right. Right. MR. INFANTINO:
And we did organize the best World Cup ever. THE PRESIDENT:
In the U.S., together with Canada and Mexico, we want to organize the greatest World Cup ever, if you agree. THE PRESIDENT:
Right, okay. Well, we’ll do it. MR. INFANTINO:
And for this, we will work together and do whatever we can to make sure that this be a fantastic event. But I’m looking very, very much forward — and the
world is looking that much forward to that. THE PRESIDENT:
It’s very exciting. Everybody is talking about it, and it’s very exciting.
And Carlos. MR. CORDEIRO:
Well, Mr. President, thank you for hosting us today. For my part, for my federation — the U.S. Soccer Federation for the United Bid representing the U.S., Canada, and
Mexico — we are really very honored. Very honored. Deeply honored to be hosting this event in 2026. It’s right around the corner. We have a lot for work to do, but we look forward to
working with you and your administration.
Let me also thank you, Mr. President, for your help and support throughout the campaign — your written assurances and warranties. I think
without out that we wouldn’t have won quite such a convincing victory. So thank you very much for that. THE PRESIDENT:
Well, thank you, Carlos. And I have to also thank Bob
Kraft, who I know that you were working very hard with. Bob originally called me and he said, “What do you think of the idea of trying to get the World Cup to the United States?” And I
said, “I think we really like it.” And then we got Canada, we got Mexico involved, and we’re going to have a great partnership. And it’s going to be very special. I look
forward to it.
So let’s see, 2026 — I won’t be here. I won’t be here. Maybe they’ll extend the term because I know they’d love to see some —
(laughter.) Because if they don’t extend — MR. INFANTINO:
With good reason. THE PRESIDENT:
— the media is going to be very boring. It’s
going to be very boring. They’ll all be out of business, I guess.
But we will — we will be there and it will be a very, very important and a very special event.
And I think, also, having it in the United States is very important for soccer. MR. INFANTINO:
It is. It is. THE PRESIDENT:
Especially in light of the fact that
soccer has done so well. MR. INFANTINO:
Yeah, and it’s growing. THE PRESIDENT:
Thank you, my friend. I appreciate it very much. MR.
Mr. President. THE PRESIDENT:
Thank you very much. I appreciate it. MR. INFANTINO:
Mr. President, I have a little —
President, do you think Google should be investigated? MR. INFANTINO:
— I have a little thing for you. Can I give it to you first? THE PRESIDENT:
I’d love that. Thank you. MR. INFANTINO:
Before the questions come.
Q I have a question for you, too. MR. INFANTINO:
Q Can I ask him a question? MR. INFANTINO:
Q So I want to know if you guys are discussing — PRESIDENT TRUMP:
What — excuse me.
Excuse me. MR. INFANTINO:
One second. THE PRESIDENT:
Can you just hold it. Where are you from?
Q Brazil. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Okay. MR. INFANTINO:
Q We have the best team in the world. (Laughter.) PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Except it had a little problem last
Q A little bit. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Q No fair. It wasn’t fair. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Let me stand up, Gianni.
And you are part of the FIFA team now. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
That’s good. That’s good. Great. Thank you very much. That’s very nice.
And if I could get the U.S. jersey. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Yes. Wow, look at that. MR. INFANTINO:
And no less with the President’s name. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
That’s pretty good. Thank you. Thank you, fellas. That’s really very nice. MR. INFANTINO:
And one more thing that could be useful for
you. You know, in soccer, we have referees, right? PRESIDENT TRUMP:
Right. MR. INFANTINO:
And they have cards. Yellow cards and red cards. Yellow card is a
warning. And when you want to kick out someone — (inaudible). (Laughter.) Like this. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
That’s true. That’s true. Right? That’s very good. MR. INFANTINO:
So this could be useful. I don’t know. PRESIDENT TRUMP:
I like that. MR. INFANTINO:
That’s for you.
INFANTINO: So this could be useful. I don’t know.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: I like that.
MR. INFANTINO: That’s for you.
TRUMP: I like that.
MR. CORDEIRO: The next media session.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much. Thank you, Carlos. Congratulations.
you very much, everybody. Thank you.
Q (Inaudible) with Mexico about paying for the wall?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah. The wall will be paid for very easily by Mexico. It
will ultimately be paid for by Mexico.
Q Do you think that Google should be investigated?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Yeah, I think Google has really taken advantage of a lot of
people. And I think that’s a very serious thing, and it’s a very serious charge. I think what Google and what others are doing — if you look at what’s going on at Twitter, if
you look at what’s going on in Facebook, they better be careful, because you can’t do that to people. You can’t do it.
We have tremendous — we have literally
thousands and thousands of complaints coming in. And you just can’t do that. And so I think that Google and Twitter and Facebook, they’re really treading on very, very troubled territory.
And they have to be careful. It’s not fair to large portions of the population.
Okay. Thank you very much everybody.