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How Trump Guarantees Factored Into the Winning U.S. Bid for 2026 World Cup

The U.S., along with neighbors Canada and Mexico, won the rights to host the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday. Here's how the president factored in.

By NTK Staff | 06.13.2018 @9:00am
How Trump Guarantees Factored Into the Winning U.S. Bid for 2026 World Cup

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA, awarded the 2026 World Cup to the U.S., Canada, and Mexico on Wednesday, meaning soccer’s biggest event will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994.

USA Today reported:

The “United” bid, that will see 60 of the tournament’s games held in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico getting 10 each, beat out the underdog campaign of Morocco to bring soccer’s biggest show back to American soil.

…With the breakdown of voting results made public, the United bid claimed 134 votes, with 64 giving their support to Morocco and one country voting for neither bid.

As USA Today also reported, President Trump played a role throughout the bid process, for both the “United” North American bid and for opponents Morocco.

On the U.S. front, Trump had to make some guarantees in relation to his controversial travel ban.

Indeed, Trump’s behind-the-scenes actions may even have helped sway some key votes. The White House provided U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro with three separate letters that Cordeiro showed to delegates, containing guarantees from Trump that any immigration policies relating to predominantly Muslim countries would impose no restriction affecting the tournament.

Trump also took a step toward lobbying on the World Cup bid back in April, using his powerful Twitter account:

And for Morocco’s part, U.S. gun laws – Trump supports the status quo – played a part in their bid against America.

Morocco’s presentation took some not-so-subtle shots at the U.S., highlighting the fact that guns are banned in Morocco and stating that during the 1994 World Cup even world-renowned soccer stars were unknown in America.

Trump took a victory-lap tweet on Wednesday morning:

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