In an age where American politicians can’t seem to agree on much, here’s one thing getting bipartisan support: bringing the 2026 World Cup to North America. Under the United Bid concept, the U.S., Canada and Mexico are joining forces in an effort to host the World Cup.
On Wednesday, 44 senators from both sides of the aisle signed a letter to President Donald Trump asking for his support in bringing the World Cup to North America. A FIFA vote in June will determine the host, and the North American bid is considered the favorite. Morocco is the only other contender.
Here’s the letter, as shared on Twitter by Virginia Senator Mark Warner:
Just joined 42 Senators in sending a bipartisan letter to President Trump in support of @United2026. Our GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL is for the US, Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. pic.twitter.com/B06DnaPz3F
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) February 21, 2018
Of all the issues President Donald Trump faces this week, this one certainly isn’t the most divisive. The folks behind the United Bid have said they have “the complete support” of The White House, but that hasn’t stopped people from asking the question: Would the Trump White House’s policies — specifically its stances on immigration — and other global perceptions get in the way of a World Cup bid?
United Bid chairman and then-U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati told reporters last month:
“This is a tough battle. This is not only about our stadiums and our hotels and all that,” Gulati told reporters during the United Soccer Coaches convention. “It’s about perceptions of America, and it’s a difficult time in the world. So there’s only certain things we can control.”
This could be helped with an endorsement from the very top of the U.S. government. We’ll see if the president heeds the words from these 44 senators and supports bringing the World Cup to the U.S.
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