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Football gifted to Donald Trump by Vladimir Putin may have had microchip

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

world Updated: Jul 26, 2018 11:58 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Washington
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US President Donald Trump accepts a football presented to him by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.(AP File Photo)

The football 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 US 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 football fan.

Graham said he’d “never allow it in the White House.” The White House had no update Wednesday on the ball’s status.

First Published: Jul 26, 2018 11:58 IST