Mayor of LA Claims Bid Has Full Support of Donald Trump for LA2024

It’s hard to say which is more controversial: a federal law that might discriminate against certain groups unfairly, or non-compliance with a federal law that some have deemed unconstitutional even though it was drafted by democratically-elected officials.  There are quite a few arguments that could be made for either side, but the point is, President Donald Trump‘s stance on immigration and his efforts to stop the entry of both undocumented immigrants and refugees from war-torn areas has struck a chord with many.

Los Angeles, which has branded itself as an accepting and inclusive city–particularly as bidding for the right to host the 2024 Olympic Games has intensified–is one of a handful of “sanctuary cities” that has defied federal orders to provide information to federal agents about members of its incarcerated population that do not have documents definitively proving they are US citizens. Additionally, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has partnered with a coalition of mayors from across the country to defy the president’s orders and continue to be inclusive and accepting of all people. Though the Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities, Garcetti claims President Trump fully supports LA’s 2024 Olympic bid.

In addition to President Trump’s support, the LA2024 bid boasts an 88% approval rating among Los Angelenos.  By contrast, Budapest, which withdrew its bid to host the 2024 Games some months ago, was petitioned by concerned citizens that did not want to see major spending on Olympic venues.

As LA2024 hopes to reinvigorate the Olympic brand with with a low-cost, low-risk Games that “will foster a new, enduring connection to the world’s youth via the unique intersection of technology, entertainment and new media,” so too does Garcetti hope that by hosting the Games the United States does not become “more insular.”  Despite Garcetti’s refusal to comply with President Trump’s efforts to detain and deport tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, Mayor Garcetti claims LA2024 “has the support of the President” and that the Trump endorsement is separate from other political matters where they may disagree.  Furthermore, Garcetti believes hosting the Olympics represents and opportunity for the country to “come together and be unified.”

Though athletes and historians alike fear Trump’s policies will harm LA’s chances of winning the bid for 2024, Trump claims the IOC is very happy LA2024 has his support.  In spite of their differing policies on immigration and asylum for refugees from 6 majority-Muslim countries, Garcetti and Trump both want the IOC to vote LA.

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For some reason I don’t think that increases their chances at all maybe the opposite

Lane Four

I tend to agree with you. LA can get the Olympics on their own merit with great facilities, experience and the people to get the job done at a very high level.

Joel Lin

Agree. This does nothing to help & likely hurts the bid. Trump has zero respect in the world. Zero.


He has money…
Putin has bought Winter Olympic Games in Sochi paying personal visits first to president Bush and then after that to IOC headquarters. Obama did nothing to support Chicago’s Olympic bid. See the difference?


Obama swanned into the actual voting event with Hope and Change aloft . Chicago got voted out in the first round . Reality bit .

I can’t remember the other cities in contention for 2014 but why blame Putin . Interestigly Sochi just hosted the World Military Winter Games . Kind of
Ironic isn’t it ?

Btw South Korea – host of 2018 – is flying the flag next & look at them . Regime change , war trumpets , corruption .They got Olympic fever alright .


I don’t blame Putin. He needed this Games, he got it. He needed World Championships in swimming, he got it. He needs to host FIFA World Cup he will have it.
Panem Et Circenses.
It worked before him it works now and that is probably what explains Trump’s interest in LA’s Olympic bid.


Picture this, Trump’s limiting immigration from Mexico and Central America has forced politicians there to create a better economy in their home countries. The same thing happen in the 1920’s when the US limited immigration from Eastern Europe and Italy, their economies improved.

Joel Lin

Olympic bids for US cities don’t involve federal funds (or should they). Chicago was a half enthused & poorly financed bid. Enthusiasm by local politicians & Chicago voters wasn’t high to take on debt either.

LA is a very well organized bid with an excellent financial plan.

I don’t see any political item to invoke the “yeah, but Obama” clause into any of this. Trump has already cemented his place as a terrible president and a worse human being. Hack attempts to rehabilitate that is a waste of time to humor.


I don’t know details of this process and therefore won’t argue. I also have no desire to discuss Trump. It is really a question of people’s principles and preferences – very slippery road. But I know that the President of United States is a powerful and influential figure who has in his possession numerous ways including financial ones(direct or indirect) to bring Olympic Games on American soil.
To refuse such support will be (how to put it politely) a STUPID thing to do.


You forgot a word: stance on immigration and his efforts to TEMPORARILY stop the entry of both undocumented immigrants and refugees from war-torn areas has struck a cord with many.

Funny how he didn’t ban the 100% Muslim country, Saudi Arabia, where 16 of the 9-11 terrorists came from. or any of the other countries of the other hijackers. And yet it is a Muslim ban. Even though the Chaldeans and atheists and Jews (yes, there are some) living in the temporarily halted countries could not come either.

To this day, even almost 3 months into the Trump administration the USA remains the #1 country in the world for legal immigration and acceptance of refugees.


Funny how Saudi Arabia wasn’t banned.
Trump has business there. That’s the only reason he didn’t ban immigration from it. Your argument is flawed.


More Muslim majority countries were not included than were included. And Trump didn’t make the list of nations that engage in state-sponsored terrorism (i.e. the list of nations affected by the travel ban); the Obama administration did.


Not sure why any of this is controversial…ITS THE LAW… (On a side note illegal aliens, aka “undocumented immigrants,” are here ILLEGALLY therefore breaking the law)
Keep your political opinions to yourself Reid and not on swimming blogs.


I don’t actually see where you’re getting that Reid is pushing his political opinions. He’s reporting on other people’s opinions and worries. It is interesting that Trump is supporting the LA bid when they are currently at odds regarding another issue. It’s worth reporting on. When he says athletes and historians alike are worried, he isn’t just making it up– he puts links to stories about said athletes and historians expressing said worries… I’m sure he has opinions on the matter, but I don’t believe they show in this article. Saying that Donald Trump is controversial or that he has people worried is an objective fact, whether you think it’s warranted or not. I don’t think Reid is wrong for… Read more »

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