Putin gives Trump a World Cup soccer ball, tells him 'now the ball is in your court'

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Russian President Valdimir Putin, fresh off his country hosting the World Cup, gave President Trump a soccer ball during their joint press conference in Helsinki on Monday, seemingly using it as a metaphor as Putin told Trump “now the ball is in your court.”

“President Trump has just mentioned that we've successfully concluded the world football cup,” Putin said during the press conference. “Speaking of football, actually, Mr. President, I will give this ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”

“Thank you very much,” Trump replied. “We do host it and we hope we do as good a job. That's very nice.”

The president then took the ball and tossed it to the front row where the first lady was seated.

“That will go to my son, Barron…. Melania, here you go,” he said.

Trump took the ball and thanked Putin for the gift.

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