The White House says the United States should not be “pumping the brakes” on a bid for the 2020 Olympic Games because it would “not be able to meet the IOC’s standards for fairness and equity.”
But Trump, whose administration has consistently shown an eagerness to put its stamp on international affairs, has also repeatedly said he would not allow the games to take place unless the United Nations lifted the sanctions against North Korea.
That is a sentiment that has made it difficult for the White Rose to persuade foreign officials to go along with the Trump administration’s plans to bring the Games to the United State.
As part of the effort to get the Games on the ground, the United Kingdom, which has also made the Olympics a top priority, has been lobbying the Trump White House to do more to get it to the Olympics.
The British Embassy in Washington has been in constant contact with the White Trump administration to try to get them to go ahead with the Olympics, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.
But the United Arab Emirates, the biggest and most powerful country in the region, has balked at the idea of hosting the Games.
The United Arab Emirate has long said it would never allow North Korea to host the Games and the Emirates has expressed concern about the possibility of an arms race in the Persian Gulf region.
The White Rose has been unable to convince the Emirates to go through with the Games, according a letter sent by the White Department to the Emirates earlier this month.
The Emirates did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter.
While the Emirates and North Korea both have a stake in the Games being held in Qatar, the Emirates also wants to host other international events in its territory.
Qatar is one of the most important trade partners for the United Emirates and the country’s financial status is tied to the Games’ hosting.
A report by the International Monetary Fund this year estimated that the UAE could be the world’s biggest loser if the Games were to be moved to Qatar.
The UAE has said it wants to see the Games take place in Qatar to promote its tourism industry and the 2022 Winter Olympics there were to begin in 2019.
The IOC’s chief executive, Thomas Bach, told reporters in New York last month that the United Sates could not afford to lose out on the games.
But Bach also said that the Trump Administration “could not possibly have a better partner than the UAE.”