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Donald Trump repeats appeal to nations to support US World Cup bid

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Donald Trump repeated his appeal to foreign nations to support the United States’ joint bid with Canada and Mexico for the 2026 World Cup during a press conference on Monday.

“I hope all African countries and countries throughout the world, that we also will be supporting you and that they will likewise support us in our bid, along with Canada and Mexico, for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump said in a joint White House press conference with Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.

“We will be watching very closely, and any help they can give us in that bid we would appreciate,” he said.

The US president was speaking in the Rose Garden alongside Buhari, the first African leader to visit the White House during his presidency, following their one-on-one bilateral meeting and working lunch.

The comments on the World Cup directly followed Trump’s assertion that the United States hopes “to be the economic partner of choice for nations across the continent and all around the world”.

“You see what’s happening with respect to trade and the United States,” he said. “We are being respected again.”

Morocco is the lone competitor in the race to stage the quadrennial tournament to the ambitious three-country bid spearheaded by the United States, which under the current proposal would host 60 games — including every match from the quarter-finals onwards — with Mexico and Canada splitting the remaining 20 fixtures equally.

FIFA will announce the host at a meeting in Moscow on 13 June.

Trump victory could ‘add layer’ to US-Mexico qualifier

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Donald Trump’s victory in the United States presidential election has given an “added layer” to Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico, says USA captain Michael Bradley.

The match will be played in Ohio, a key ‘swing’ state won by Trump.

In his ultimately successful presidential campaign, Trump has described Mexicans as “criminals” and said he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. He also said Mexico would foot the bill for his planned wall along the southern border of the US – a claim denied by the Mexican government.

On the other hand, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has previously accused Trump of damaging US-Mexico relations, after the president-elect labelled undocumented Mexican migrants to the US “criminals” and “rapists”.

Bradley said fans at the game must be respected, be they “American, Mexican, neutral, men, women, children”.

“Given the way everything has gone the last few months, I think there is an added layer to this game,” said Bradley.

“I would hope that our fans do what they always do, which is support our team in the best, most passionate way possible.”

US goalkeeper Tim Howard said he hoped the game in Ohio’s capital, Columbus, did not become overshadowed.

“That’s politics, and this is football,” said the former Manchester United and Everton player.

“Mexico is going to try to kick our asses and we’re going to try to kick theirs. It’s got nothing to do with politics.”

Friday marks the start of the final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, with six teams – the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras and Panama – vying for three automatic spots at Russia 2018.