Donald Trump threw a soccer ball at First Lady Melania
Well that’s awkward. Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Donald Trump with a soccer ball in honor of the United States co-hosting the World Cup in 2026, but the American president ended up throwing it at his wife.
In the clip posted on CNN, Trump accepted Putin’s gift and said, “That’s right, thank you very much. We host it and hope to do such a good job.” He added: “That’s very sweet. It’ll be fine with my son, Barron. Actually, Melania, there you go.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin presents a soccer ball to President Trump to recognize the United States as co-hosts of the World Cup in 2026.
President Trump then bounced the ball to First Lady Melania Trump. https://t.co/YsJbL4jucE pic.twitter.com/kRzomhbNtg
– CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2018
The ball bounced back toward the First Lady’s knees – and since the video’s publication, Twitter (unsurprisingly) has a lot to say. “POTUS gave the ball to the First Lady like a dog,” wrote one person. “America is a shame.” Another angry tweeter added: “What. Is that. WRONG. With. Him?!?!” and a third intervened: “He really threw a soccer ball at his wife from the stage…”
Others, however, were more concerned that the ball had some sort of bug. “Yes, I would recommend looking for bugs, fine powder, etc.,” someone said. A second wrote: “I hope the Secret Service will check the soccer ball Putin gave Trump for a listening device, GPS beacon or other spy equipment. “
Sigh. Politics aside, how long do we think it will take before someone makes a meme out of it? Anyone, anyone?