While the media would like to make President Trump out as some type of ogre, he is just like any other father.
After being given a soccer ball from the World Cup, as any good father would do, Trump tossed it to his wife Melania to give to his youngest son, Barron.
Like it Never Happened
What is rather amazing, though, is the lack of attention his gesture is getting from the mainstream media.
Whenever Obama had a “tender” moment with his children, the mainstream media nominated him for Father of the Year.
When Trump does something similar, it barely gets a blip on the radar.
It just proves yet again how one-sided the coverage of President Trump is on most media outlets today.
Putin made it quite clear the gift was not a meaningless gesture.
While handing the ball over to Trump, Putin stated, “I’ll give this ball to you and now the ball is in your court.”
Some in attendance thought the reference was to the United States hosting the World Cup in 2026, but others are speculating something much different.
With Trump receiving so much criticism from Democrats over his relationship with Putin, it may have been a challenge by Putin to see how the two countries would be moving forward.
Democrats were not the only ones taking a shot at Trump.
Senator Lindsey Graham was not quite as receptive of the gift as Trump.
Not long after the press conference, Graham tweeted, “If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”
He also took a shot at Trump, stating, “Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.”
Not the Place
Embarrassing Putin on a world stage would not be the most diplomatic choice.
Rather than embarrassing the Russian president, it would play much better for Trump to address these issues in private.
Trump was right in keeping the tone light in public and actually making himself more likeable by mentioning his son when presented with the gift.
While Trump will no doubt take some heat from those that wanted to see an aggressive confrontation with Putin, this was a political win for the President.