The talk of the Helsinki Summit

“That will go to my son Barron. We have no question. In fact, Melania here you go,"

-- President Donald Trump, throwing a soccer ball toward the first lady given to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a gesture, from the 2018 World Cup host to 2026 co-host, at Monday's press conference following their meeting in Helsinki. (Newsweek)
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"If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House."

-- Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has had a close working relationship with President Donald Trump on many issues but sharply disagreed with Trump's comments Monday about Russia at the news conference. (CNN)
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“The whole press conference was Trump repeatedly scoring own goals with the ball that Putin had given him. Putin must’ve been extremely happy."

-- Syracuse University professor Brian Taylor, the author of the book “The Code of Putinism,” on the ball as a metaphor for how Putin scored points against Trump in the diplomatic exercise. (New York Times)

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