Putin soccer ball gift to Trump may have had microchip

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, receives a soccer ball from Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, during a news conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018. Trump called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling a “disaster” on Monday, again questioned whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election that he won and suggested he equally […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – The soccer ball that Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump may have had a bug after all. Though it’s not what you’re thinking.

Adidas says that particular ball is embedded with a microchip that accesses Adidas content for display on smartphones.

After the Russian leader tossed it to Trump following their Finland summit, Sen. Lindsey Graham – a Putin critic – tweeted that he’d have it checked for listening devices.

That’s exactly what the U.S. Secret Service has done. A security screening is standard for all gifts to the president.

Trump said he would give the red-and-white ball to his 12-year-old son, Barron, a soccer fan.

Graham said he’d “never allow it in the White House.”

The White House had no update Wednesday on the ball’s status.

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