May 27, 2018

Trump seeks African support for US World Cup bid

02 May 2018, 01:38 | Simon Arnold

The U.S. president hopes that nations do not lobby against his country's joint 2026 World Cup bid with Mexico and CanadaMore

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As well as Morocco, the United States, Mexico and Canada are making a joint bid to host the 2026 tournament, which will feature 48 teams.

Upon receiving Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari on a diplomatic visit, Trump pulled the World Cup card, calling on "countries in the continent" to support America's World Cup bid.

"We can only refer to the FIFA Regulations for the selection of the venue for the final competition of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and in particular to the Bid Rules of Conduct incorporated therein", FIFA said.

On Thursday, FIFA warned Trump of the ethics rules surrounding political influence.

Morocco, one of those African countries, also has a bid to host the World Cup. "Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)?"

"Why should we be supporting these countries when they don't support us (including at the United Nations)" Trump asked in his tweet, suggesting that foreign policy under Trump is essentially-perhaps only-guided by a tit-for-tat philosophy.

The president's call for support doesn't jibe with his comments made in January, when he reportedly remarked: "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" in a discussion with lawmakers about protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa.

The FIFA Congress will meet on June 13 in Moscow to decide the host.

"As a general rule, we can not comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process", the worldwide governing body said in a statement.

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

Geopolitics always come into play when selecting hosts for the largest global sporting events, the World Cup and the Olympics.

The U.S. previously hosted the World Cup in 1994.

"We hope to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world", Trump said, adding that the USA is "respected again" when it comes to trade and commercial relations.

The 2018 tournament is in Russian Federation, while Qatar will host the event four years later.

Samoura and Diouf both publicly rejected the allegation saying they were not family members. "We didn't discuss it, because the president knows me, and he knows where I'm coming from and I appreciate that".

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