President Donald Trump loves winning.
But winning at the Olympics–or rather, the right to host the Olympics–takes more than just willpower. Though President Trump has claimed that the IOC is “very happy” that LA2024 has his approval, the President has been otherwise relatively quiet regarding the world’s largest and most political sporting competition.
After scoring the International Olympic Committee (IOC) a big deal with Intel, IOC President Thomas Bach departed for Washington D.C. and a meeting with President Trump in the White House where the two will discuss the 2024 Olympic bid. While no members of the LA2024 Organizing Committee are set to join the duo, United States’ IOC members, Anita DeFrantz, Larry Probst, and Angela Ruggiero will join Trump and Bach in the discussions.
Trump and Bach’s meeting follows LA2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman‘s apparent concession of the 2024 Games to Paris, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti‘s proclaimed willingness to host the Games in 2028. Given that the top organizers of LA2024 are apparently on board with the IOC awarding Paris the 2024 and LA 2028 Olympic Games simultaneously at the September 13th summit in Lima, Peru, it begs the question: What does Trump have to offer to secure LA the 2024 Games?
Though Trump and Bach, who have spoken on the phone on one prior occasion, are believed to get along well, Bach has been pushing for the dual 2024-2028 decision for months. Meanwhile, newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron has been a vocal supporter of Paris 2024, and Paris 2024 Chairman Tony Estanguet has repeatedly claimed that Paris would be incapable of hosting the 2028 Olympics as the land earmarked for the construction of the Athletes’ Village will have been developed by other entities in the 11-year interim between the IOC’s decision and the 2028 Games.
However the meeting goes, the decision as to which city will host in 2024 will still be decided with a vote when the entirety of the IOC convenes in September.