Mayor says Trump backs Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic Bid: NBC

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(Reuters) - U.S. Republican President-elect Donald Trump told the Los Angeles' mayor he would support the city's 2024 Olympics bid when the two spoke this week, NBC reported on Thursday, citing the mayor's spokeswoman.

Trump and Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat, spoke by phone on Wednesday and "had a productive conversation about ways to expand infrastructure investments and opportunities in communities across America," spokeswoman Connie Llanos said, according to NBC.

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Local sports fans wear patriotic Olympic Rings sunglasses during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Dwight Stones competes in the Men's High Jump final during the 1984 United States Olympic Track and Field Trials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in June 1984 in Los Angeles, California.

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Mitch Gaylord does his routine on the parallel bars during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.

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USA team members shake hands with people in the crowd during the 1984 Summer Olympics games in Los Angeles, California.

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Daley Thompson of Great Britain clears the bar during the high jump event of the decathlon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Thompson won the decathlon with a World Record of 8,847 points.

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The Los Angeles Coliseum played host to the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, in Los Angeles, California on August 31, 2015. The Los Angeles city Council members vote September 1,on the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics in a move seen as an important step toward securing nomination as a candidate by the US Olympic Committee.

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Reuters could not immediately confirm the report, and representatives for Trump did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The California city is seeking to host the summer Games for a third time in a bid that centered on celebrating diversity.

It had been seen as the front-runner in the race with Paris and Budapest until Trump's election this month after a highly divisive contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton that left the nation deeply divided and stoked fears about the future among some immigrants and minorities.

Last week, Los Angeles bid leaders urged officials at an Olympic meeting not to doubt the United States or its commitment to its founding principles and strength.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas arrive at the World Premiere Of "San Andreas" held at the TCL Chinese Theater on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti introduces U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a community forum on counter terrorism and homeland security in Los Angeles, California March 24, 2016.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, second right, speaks as, Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg, right, listen at a news conference at police headquarters Friday, July 8, 2016. The artists had led a peaceful march where they urged improved relations between police and minority communities.

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US Vice President Joe Biden laughs as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks to workers at Bobrick Washroom Equipment, including longtime employee Rigo hernandez, in Los Angeles on July 22, 2015, where Biden came to discuss the 'importance of increasing the minimum wage to give anyone who works hard every day the chance to earn a livable wage.''

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gestures while posing with former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, joined by his family and city officials after Bryant was honored at a city council meeting with Kobe Bryant Day on August 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, with the date commemorating the 2 numbers, 8 and 24, he wore on his Lakers jersey spanning a 20-year career.

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Garcetti, who supported Clinton, had previously said Trump's win after a campaign filled with harsh rhetoric toward immigrants, Hispanics, Muslims and women could be detrimental given the international makeup of the 98 voting members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The IOC is set to make its selection in September 2017. Los Angeles, the nation's second-most populous city with nearly 4 million people, hosted the Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.

Llanos, in a statement, said Trump's conversation with the mayor was short, and that Garcetti also "stressed the important role that immigrants and immigration reform will play in L.A.'s - and the nation's - long-term success," NBC said.

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