Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid officials “look forward to working closely” with President-elect Donald Trump, according to a statement Wednesday.
“LA 2024 congratulates President-elect Donald J. Trump and appreciates his longstanding support of the Olympic movement in the United States,” the statement read. “We strongly believe the Olympics and LA 2024 transcend politics and can help unify our diverse communities and our world.
“LA 2024 has achieved 88% public support in the latest poll and strong bipartisan government support at the local, state and federal level. We look forward to working closely with President-elect Trump and his administration across the federal government to deliver a ‘New Games for a new Era’ that will benefit and inspire the entire Olympic movement in 2024.”
Los Angeles is vying with Budapest and Paris for the 2024 Olympics. IOC members will choose the host city in a September vote.
Last August, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti raised concerns if Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the election.
“I think, for some of the IOC members, they would say, wait a second, can we go to a country like that, where we’ve heard things that we take offense to,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti also said in August that he didn’t think the election outcome would affect the 2024 host city vote outcome, according to The New York Times.
Trump attended the 1996 Olympics (as did Clinton), ran a 2004 Olympic torch relay leg in New York City and met Olympians in 2012 at a 100-days-out from London event in Times Square.
Earlier Wednesday, IOC president Thomas Bach also congratulated Trump.Follow @nzaccardi