On Thursday, Trump wrote on his Twitter that the joint bid is “strong” to host the FIFA tournament in 2026.
Trump also threatened the countries pledging support for Morocco’s bid.
“It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the US bid,” Trump wrote, referring to the widespread support many federations have pledged the Moroccan bid.
Trump’s fellows, Nieto and Trudeau also expressed their support for the joint bid on their Twitter accounts on Friday.
“We can have differences but football unites us. Together we support the bid of Mexico, Canada and the USA to host the 2026 World Cup,” wrote the Mexican leader.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) April 27, 2018
Since he took office in 2017, Trump has been pledging to build a border wall between the US and Mexico to decrease undocumented immigration. His immigration policies, including the travel ban on Muslims issued in 2017, have sparked an intense debate around the world.
Canadian Prime Minister also took to his Twitter on Friday emphasizing that “Canada fully supports the North American bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, and we are ready to welcome the world to this extraordinary tournament.”
Le Canada appuie entièrement la candidature nord-américaine pour la Coupe du monde de la FIFA 2026, et nous sommes prêts à accueillir le monde à l’occasion de ce tournoi extraordinaire. Ravi de cette collaboration avec @EPN et @RealDonaldTrump.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 27, 2018
He concluded his tweets by saying that he is “delighted with this collaboration with Mexico and the US,” tagging Trump and Nieto.
The tweets, however, could not cover up Trump’s threatening message posted on Twitter on Thursday.
International news sources reported on Trump’s threats, which hinted that the US would withhold monetary support to fans of the Moroccan bid. News sources also raised questions regarding FIFA’s potential reactions on Trump’s tweets, asking if such a reaction could disqualify the United 2026.
FIFA did not respond to MWN’s request for comment concerning Trump’s tweet. Rather, FIFA said that it cannot comment on specific statements related to the process.
According to FIFA regulations, political repercussions and interference are illegal, as national football associations are supposed to be independent of political activities.