Trump threatens countries which oppose US World Cup bid

U.S. President Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump says the country has put together "a strong bid" with Canada and Mexico to host the World Cup in 2026.

The U.S. last hosted the World Cup in 1994, and Mexico hosted in 1986. "Together we support the candidacy of Mexico, Canada and U.S. as the headquarters of the World Cup 2026", Pena tweeted.

Canada, Mexico, USA and Morocco are blocked from voting given their bids.

He tweeted the three countries had put together a "strong" bid, and added: "It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid".

Such unequivocal sentiments is what appears to have ruffled the American president into his latest tirade directed at countries which receive economic support from the US.

Trump's threats of losing United Nations support prompted an indirect response from Federation Internationale de Football Association, who warned that bidders must avoid activities "which may adversely affect the integrity of the bidding process and create an undue influence".

The FIFA Congress is scheduled to vote on the bids June 13 in Moscow.

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Trump has never before shown an interest in the World Cup, at least on Twitter. The vote will happen the day before the 2018 World Cup begins.

2026 bid ambassador. The BBC said the unspecified link had been discovered by the evaluation taskforce during its recent visit to Morocco and both 55-year-old Samoura and Diouf were subject to ethics complaints.

Mexico president Enrique Pena Nieto and Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote messages of support for the joint bid on Twitter.

But in a tweet, President Trump issued a thinly veiled threat to countries considering lobbying against the joint North American bid.

North America was initially heavily favored to defeat Morocco, in part because the three countries would offer dozens of high-quality facilities and require no new stadium construction to accommodate the massive tournament.

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