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)
"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)
“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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