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Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check

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    Washington, July 21: The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia's Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. AP/PTI

    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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