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Vladimir Putin’s soccer ball gift to Donald Trump gets routine security check

During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

By: AP | Washington |
July 21, 2018 8:48:35 am
vladimir Putin, Donald trump, Putin gift to trump, Helsinki summit, US-Russia, Soccer ball gift to trump, world news Vladimir Putin handed over a football to Donald Trump at press conference after their Helsinki summit. (AP photo)

The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia’s Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening.

The US Secret Service says that’s standard for all gifts to the president.

During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

Russia hosted the 2018 World Cup. Trump said he’d give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a Putin critic, tweeted after the exchange that he’d have the ball checked for listening devices and “never allow it in the White House.”

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a security conference he’s sure the ball “has been looked at very carefully.”

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