Trump asks African nations to support 2026 World Cup bid

Trump asks African nations to support 2026 World Cup bid

Trump asks African nations to support 2026 World Cup bid

President Donald Trump has given a hint of pressure to nations that may not support the North American bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

He appears to see the importance of getting the World Cup here when it comes to an economic standpoint, but the US faces some stiff competition from African country Morocco, who has also bid on the tournament and whose bid appears to be gaining some steam.

Samoura was reported to the ethics committee regarding an alleged undeclared family link between the former United Nations official - whose full name is Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura - and the ex-Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf, who is working in an ambassadorial role for the Moroccan 2026 World Cup bid. He called on Nigeria and other African nations to support the United States' bid, which is joined by Mexico and Canada.

But Morocco has secured support from the influential Confederation of African Football as well as countries in Europe, notably France. The comments on the World Cup directly followed Trump's assertion that the United States hopes "to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world".

"As a general rule, please understand we can not comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process".

Last week Trump issued a veiled threat against nations that may align in voting blocs against the North American bid.

According to Cole Pavlicek, a soccer fan and film student at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), the 2026 FIFA World Cup should be given to a nation (s) that has suitable plans to use the facilities wise when the tournament ends.

Mexico's president Enrique Pena Nieto also responded positively to Trump on Twitter.

"The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup", Trump tweeted.

Should the United bid win the vote, the tournament would be spread out between the three North American countries, although the USA would be the primary host with 60 out of 80 games.

The World Cup decision will be made on June 13 in a vote by up to 207 football federations.

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