As L.A. anticipates being chosen to host Olympics, Trump prepares to take credit

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

President Trump appeared poised to take credit on Tuesday for what is expected to be a winning bid by the city of Los Angeles to host the Summer Olympics.

“Working hard to get the Olympics for the United States (L.A.). Stay tuned!” Trump tweeted.

But the plan for Los Angeles to host the 2024 Games — led by Mayor Eric Garcetti — had been in the works long before Trump became president.

The city officially announced its bid, backed by President Barack Obama, on Sept. 1, 2015.

Los Angeles and Paris, the only two cities bidding for the Games, have long been expected to be named host cities for future Olympics.

Trump points during a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Saturday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber/Reuters)

Later Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee is likely to declare both L.A. and Paris dual winners. According to the Los Angeles Times, the decision will reportedly land Paris the 2024 Summer Games and offer the 2028 edition to L.A., which the city is expected to accept.

Trump has long expressed an interest in both the Olympics and, in particular, the international competition to host them.

In 2012, Trump weighed in after eight badminton players from China, South Korea and Indonesia were been disqualified from the London Olympics for throwing matches in a preliminary round to set up better seeding.

“No surprise that China was caught cheating in the Olympics,” Trump tweeted. “That’s the Chinese M.O. – Lie, Cheat & Steal in all international dealings.”

“Just letting China know in advance that the USA will win the medal count in the Olympics,” he added. “Even with your cheating you can’t beat us.”

During the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Trump blamed Obama for the U.S.’s failure to win as many medals as the host country.

“Russia beat the United States in the Olympics-another Obama embarrassment!” he tweeted. “Isn’t it time that we turn things around and start kicking ass?”

The New York Times later reported that Russia engaged in a vast doping program during that competition.

Trump also applauded Russia’s job as host.

“Whether you like it or not, the Russians did a great job in hosting the Olympics!” he tweeted.

The Sochi Games were marred by poor living conditions in the Olympic Village for both athletes and media, technical difficulties during the Opening Ceremony and accusations of harassment by Russian police.

In 2015, Trump lamented Boston’s unsuccessful bid for the 2024 Summer Games, this time blaming its mayor.

“Boston’s Mayor Walsh wasted a lot of time and money on going for the Olympics, and then he gave up” Trump tweeted. “I don’t want him negotiating for me!”

Garcetti said Monday that Los Angeles, which has twice hosted the Olympics, is ready for a third turn.

“At this crazy moment in the world when so much is unsure, let’s bring what we know to be true and good, and that is the Olympic movement,” he said.

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Casey Wasserman, chairman of Los Angeles 2024, answer questions about the 2024 Games, in Lausanne, Switzerland, July 11, 2017. (Photo: Valentin Flauraud/Keystone via AP)

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