The now-famous soccer ball has at least one more stop to make before it finds its way to Barron Trump.
According to White House reports, the soccer ball must undergo screening…
WASHINGTON (AP) — The red-and-white soccer ball tossed to President Donald Trump by Russia’s Vladimir Putin is undergoing a routine security screening.
The U.S. Secret Service says that’s standard for all gifts to the president. // Via @dsupervilleap
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) July 20, 2018
Most-Famous Soccer Ball in History
One would be hard-pressed to find a soccer ball that has gained as much notoriety as the one gifted to the President by Putin.
When the ball was first handed to Trump by Putin, pundits were speculating all the hidden meanings behind the exchange.
Trump, at that point, had all but admonished Putin in any wrongdoing regarding the 2016 presidential election.
However, Mueller and company had just announced the indictment of Russian intelligence officers in the hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
As Putin handed the ball to Trump, a rough translation of what he said during that moment was that the ball was now in Trump’s court.
Some took it as a reference to the World Cup the United States will be hosting.
Others, however, speculated he was referring to how Trump would publicly handle the allegations made against Putin’s intelligence officers.
After Trump received the gift and said it was headed to Barron, liberals blew up the Internet.
Some even went so far as to call Trump a traitor for his comments about Putin.
Trump later shed a bit more light on what was said behind closed doors.
His comments during that interview contradicted what he said to the media in Helsinki.
Trump stated he had actually spoken to Putin about the hacking and told him it was unacceptable and would not be tolerated.
The news cycle on that exchange has seemingly run its course, but the story of the soccer ball lives on!