U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati believes that the results of this year’s presidential election could make it more difficult for the United States to win hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup, reports Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated.
“I think the world’s perception of the U.S. is affected by who is in the White House, yes, so it has some bearing, sure,” Gulati said.
He then specifically said that the U.S. bid could become more difficult if presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton loses to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“I think a co–hosted World Cup with Mexico would be trickier if Secretary Clinton isn’t in the White House,” Gulati said.
Trump has been outspoken about building a wall along the border with Mexico, which could sour a potential push for a joint World Cup.
The host for the 2026 World Cup is scheduled to be chosen in 2020.