Putin’s football gift to Trump gets security check

Published: July 21, 2018 19:12:35 | Updated: July 23, 2018 10:56:42


US First Lady Melania Trump, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and US President Donald Trump, pose with a soccer ball after a press conference following their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. - AP

The red-and-white football tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia’s Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening, according to AP.

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 football metaphors and was handed a 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 football fan.

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