Boston’s brief dream of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics died Monday, and an outspoken New Yorker is rubbing it in.
The United States Olympic Committee officially pulled the city’s bid to host the 2024 Games, shortly after Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced he wouldn’t sign the Olympic host contract until financial concerns regarding taxpayers were met.
Donald Trump, polarizing businessman and 2016 presidential candidate, took that failure as an opportunity to ding Walsh. [tweet https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/625816370849181696 align=’center’]
There’s some history behind Trump’s animosity toward Walsh. A few weeks ago, the Boston mayor criticized Trump for his offensive comments about Mexican immigrants when asked about the possibility of a Trump hotel coming to Boston.
“I just don’t agree with him at all,” Walsh said at the time, via the Boston Herald. “I think his comments are inappropriate. And if he wanted to build a hotel here, he’d have to make some apologies to people in this country.”
The back-and-forth continued Tuesday morning, as Walsh shot back with a jab about Trump’s presidential chances during an appearance on WBZ News Radio.
“No, I’m just going to let him continue negotiating for himself and see how good he is in a few months,” Walsh said, via CBS Boston.
In a bit of good news for Walsh and Boston, the USOC said Monday it won’t pursue a $25 million payment the city initially was required to pay if it pulled its 2024 bid.
“Boston gave its best shot in bidding for the Olympic Games,” USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said in a statement. “The USOC will not be seeking this fee.”
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