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 John TrumpTrump: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' 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.

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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 12:30 Report: Dems to investigate Ivanka Trump's emails | Judge blocks Trump from denying asylum to migrants | Turkey pardon today at WH The Hill's Morning Report — Are Pelosi’s Democratic detractors going too far? The Hill's 12:30 Report - New White House threat to Acosta's press pass | Trump defends criticism of McRaven | Hamilton biographer to headline WHCA dinner 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 GrahamCorker mocks White House as 'public relations firm' for Saudi crown prince Graham warns Trump not to look the other way on Saudi Arabia Trump signals Saudis won't face severe punishment for Khashoggi killing 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.