President Trump tells 7-year-old that Santa Claus isn't real during traditional Christmas phone call
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump answered phone calls from anxious children who wanted to know the whereabouts of Father Christmas
President Donald Trump reportedly told a seven-year-old boy during a traditional White House Christmas phone call that believing in Santa Claus at his age is "marginal." The president reportedly made the remark when he and First Lady Melania Trump took phone calls from anxious children who called to know the whereabouts of Father Christmas, according to reports.
Trump, in one conversation, asked the name of a seven-year-old boy called Coleman, and said, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" He then listened to the child for a moment and then added "Because, at 7, it's marginal, right?"
The Republican then listened again and chuckled before saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself," according to ABC News.
Meanwhile, Melania Trump took to Twitter saying that helping children track Santa is "becoming one of my favorite traditions." Reports state that she told one caller that Santa was in the Sahara and, several minutes later, she told a child that he was in Morocco but that he would be on time for Christmas morning at the child's home.
The children who talked to the first couple were part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Tracks Santa program which is a Christmas Eve tradition that began when a child mistakenly called the forerunner of NORAD in 1955 asking if he could speak to Santa Claus. The program is run by volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
The president reportedly traveled to Washington National Cathedral to attend the Solemn Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve after taking the calls. According to the cathedral's website, the program includes readings from Holy Scripture, favourite congregational hymns and seasonal choral and instrumental music as well as Holy Communion.
The first family is not celebrating Christmas the traditional way as they generally do at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The first lady had to rush back to the White House from Florida to be with the president after the government shutdown. Trump reportedly canceled his plans to go to Florida for the holidays after he reached an impasse over funds for his border wall with Congress.