President Donald Trump is known for speaking his mind on Twitter. This is something that has divided opinion, as some like the fact he says what he is thinking, while others prefer a president with more of a filter. Trump recently tweeted about the 2026 FIFA World Cup and the joint USA-Canada-Mexico bid to host the competition. However, some have seen the tweet as a threat, something that the US Soccer president, Carlos Cordeiro, has denied.
Trump Popularity May Hurt Bid
Many have been concerned that the joint bid for the 2026 World Cup is being undermined by geopolitics and Trump’s popularity overseas. The voting body for the World Cup is made up of representatives from all over the world. These members include people from Arab nations, who have been slighted by Trump’s travel bans. In addition, there are African nations represented and Trump’s “s**thole countries” comments have not gone down well with them.
Trump’s tweet read as follows: “The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”
Moroccan Bid Gains Support
Cordeiro stated in an interview that, while the tweet was unexpected, he did not think it contained a threat. He said that he takes the tweet as a show of support from the president and nothing more. There were also tweets from Canada and Mexico on the same day, but these have not made the news.
The only other bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup comes from Morocco. Despite the US-Canada-Mexico bid already having excellent infrastructure, the Moroccan bid is also receiving a fair amount of support. Russia, France and Belgium have all backed Morocco, and most African representatives will likely support it as well. Despite the fact that Trump will not be president in 2026, even if he’s re-elected for a second term his presidency will end in 2025, many are worried his unpopularity around the world could push more countries to support Morocco.