Soccer ball Putin gifted to Trump gets routine security screening

Soccer ball Putin gifted to Trump gets routine security screening
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The soccer ball that Russian President Vladimir Putin gifted to President TrumpDonald TrumpDeputy AG: DOJ investigating fake Trump electors Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz elected to Baseball Hall of Fame Overnight Health Care — Senators unveil pandemic prep overhaul MORE at their Helsinki summit earlier this week is reportedly undergoing a security screening.

The U.S. Secret Service said that the security check was routine for all gifts given to the president, according to The Associated Press.

Trump’s Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsAn independent commission should review our National Defense Strategy Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race MORE had said during a security conference this week that he was sure the World Cup ball “has been looked at very carefully.”


Putin handed the ball to Trump during their joint press conference on Monday. Trump tossed the ball to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Raskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' MORE, saying he would give it to their son Barron Trump.

The gift from Putin raised some eyebrows, including from GOP Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators huddle on Russia sanctions as tensions escalate Juan Williams: It's Trump vs. McConnell for the GOP's future Biden's year two won't be about bipartisanship  MORE (S.C.), who warned Trump to “check the soccer ball for listening devices.”

“If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House,” Graham tweeted.

Trump praised Putin multiple times at their summit for Russia hosting this year's World Cup.