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July 18, 2018

Donald Trump receives a gift from Putin then tosses it to his wife Melania

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President Donald Trump and  President Putin talked about the World Cup

A historical meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin took place in Helsinki on the 16th of July 2018, reported CBS News.

This followed the end of the FIFA 2018 World Cup on the 15th of July 2018, which was held in Russia. The World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

The championship has been held every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it interrupted because of the Second World War. 

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"This is for Barron, no question about it!"

President Donald Trump, CBS News, 16the July 2018

The two leaders sat down for a private one-on-one discussion that lasted for 2 hours. The President told reporters afterward that the meeting was "a very good start for everybody."

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President Trump declared the first meeting between the two leaders as a great success and the beginning of a constructive dialogue between the two nations.

In a friendly exanged on Youtube, President Putin, whose country has been hosting the 2018 World Cup offered Trump a football, telling him that " the ball is in your court, now".

The American President then tossed the ball to First Lady Melania Trump, declaring his son Barron would be thrilled. 

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President Putin was referring to the fact that the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries: the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  

The United States will host 60 matches, including the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the final; while Canada and Mexico will each host 10 matches.

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The First Lady met with the First Lady of Finland and discussed several issues of mutual concern, and during this trip, she also had the pleasure of having tea with the Queen, whom President Trump confided that she admires greatly.

The European tour ends today, and the Presidential couple is expected back in the USA later tonight. 

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