Report: Putin’s soccer ball for Trump had a transmitter chip

Just a soccer ball or something more?

The Adidas soccer ball that Russian President Vladimir Putin presented to President Donald Trump at their summit in Helsinki last week contains a chip that can transmit information to nearby cellphones, according to Bloomberg.

Since The Bloomberg article:

“The chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the press conference in Helsinki, where Putin presented the ball to Trump, show that it wore a logo for a near-field communication label. During manufacture , the NFC chip is placed inside the ball under this logo, which looks like the icon of a WiFi signal, according to the The adidas website. The chip allows fans to access player videos, competitions and other content by bringing their mobile devices closer to the ball. The feature is included in the 2018 FIFA World Cup match ball which is being sold on the Adidas website for $165 (reduced to $83 last week).

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., tweeted that the ball should never be allowed in the White House.

The Secret Service said the balloon had undergone a routine security check.

So was there a device inside the football when it was given to Trump, or was the chip removed before the summit?

According to Bloomberg, it’s unclear if the device was “retired, replaced with real spy gear, or, even further, if the entire balloon itself was made for the event and didn’t look like than to the Adidas model in question”.

Trump said the ball was going to be given to his 12-year-old son, Barron.