Donald Trump the soccer dad? US president has supported son Barron’s fledgling football career, talking him up to Fifa and introducing him to Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney
Bagging a major souvenir
During a meeting in July 2018, Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin celebrated the USA’s successful bid to host the Fifa World Cup 2026. After the World Cup 2018 in Moscow, Putin gifted Trump with a souvenir ball, saying “Now the ball is in your court”.
Putting in a good word with Fifa
Trump jumped on the opportunity to talk his son up to Gianni Infantino, the president of Fifa, when he visited the White House in August 2018. After thanking Infantino for his visit and hailing him as a “highly respected man”, he shared an anecdote about how Barron influenced his thinking.
“When my son heard [Infantino] was going to be here, he said, ‘Dad, I’d like to meet him,’” Trump recounted. “Barron loves soccer. And soccer has to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the world.”
Schmoozing with soccer legends
Speaking out to the world
In May 2019 Trump tweeted about how sad it is that kids are unable to play little league sports due to Covid-19. In a press briefing, he added that Barron was finding it particularly difficult because he’s “a good athlete and he loves soccer.”
When you’re Barron Trump, son of the US president, loving soccer means dear old dad gifting you with Fifa World Cup souvenirs direct from Vladimir Putin, organising hangouts with famous players like Wayne Rooney, and giving shout-outs to your sports career at press conferences