President Trump applying pressure on other countries to vote for America’s bid to host the World Cup with Mexico and Canada only hurts their chances, argues Leander Schaerlaeckens of Yahoo Sports. Already the only competitor is Morocco, which lacks the necessary infrastructure to host the global event and would need to invest massively. Trump’s veiled threats on Twitter likely even broke FIFA rules against government intervention. The US already isn’t popular among soccer commissioners, having arrested some of them in a corruption scandal. Trump’s words will likely incense anti-American sentiments and hurt its World Cup bid.
It was a smart strategic move by President Trump to put pressure on other nations to support America’s joint World Cup bid, holds Lee Igel of Forbes. If the US lands it and is allowed to host the soccer tournament with Mexico and Canada, he can claim the credit for this success. If another country wins it, Trump can argue to stop supporting countries that voted against America. Either way, he will be able to spin it to his advantage. Particularly since America’s popularity has suffered recently over controversial policies led by Trump, this move could ensure that countries support its bid to host the World Cup. His tweet was smart.