Putin Gave Trump A World Cup Ball, And Everybody On Twitter Made The Same Joke (TWEETS)
Monday’s historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was newsworthy for all sorts of reasons, the vast majority of which have absolutely nothing to do with sports. However, there was one brief moment that caused a blip on our radar.
During the press conference following their one-on-one meeting, Putin gave Trump an official ball from the recently completed 2018 FIFA World Cup. As he handed it to him, Putin told Trump, in Russian, that the ball is in his court. Trump then said he would give the ball to his son, Baron, and tossed it to his wife, Melania.
Take a look:
Pres. Putin gifts Pres. Trump a soccer ball: “Now the ball is in your court. All the more that the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”
“That’s very nice. That will go to my son Barron…in fact, Melania, there you go,” Trump says, tossing the ball to the first lady pic.twitter.com/v3DR8QCF0P
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) July 16, 2018
Given the fraught political climate in which the meeting between Trump and Putin took place—i.e., the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election and Trump’s apparent eagerness to ingratiate himself with Putin—Twitter had all sorts of jokes about Putin giving Trump the ball. And they pretty much all fell into two categories.
On the one hand there were the jokes about the ball being bugged:
Finally, if it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 16, 2018
And did anybody check that mic’d up soccer ball Putin gifted Trump? #TreasonSummit
— Omar Benson Miller (@OmarMiller) July 16, 2018
Some unsolicited advice for President Trump: Microwave that soccer ball before you give it to your son.
— Ned Price (@nedprice) July 16, 2018
Trump: As a thank you for meeting I got you the codes to our intelligence
Putin: I got you something too
Putin: This soccer ball
Putin: Don’t cut it open
Trump: I wouldn’t-
Putin: It’s not bugged or anything
Trump: I didn’t think-
Putin: Just don’t do it
— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) July 17, 2018
“They should put that thing through an X-Ray machine. Who knows what secret shit that son of a bitch just handed him.”
-My mother, watching Putin give Trump a soccer ball
— Sulome Anderson (@SulomeAnderson) July 16, 2018
And on the other hand there were the jokes about testicles:
Putin just gave Trump a ball, which means he’s only keeping one of the President’s testicles.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 16, 2018
Putin: “As a present, I’d like to give this soccer ball to President Trump.”
Reporter: “What present did President Trump provide you?”
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) July 16, 2018
Did Putin just literally give Trump his balls back ? #TreasonSummit
— Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) July 16, 2018
Even Putin thinks Trump needs some balls. pic.twitter.com/EY8LbnhlmZ
— Stan D’Strong (@StandStrong1964) July 17, 2018
Republican Ronald Reagan: “Russian leader, tear down this wall!”
— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) July 13, 2018
All politics aside, who doesn’t love a good balls joke?