Donald Trump questions seven-year-old boy's belief in Santa

Google Happy Holidays 2018 Screenshot

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Lexington County's Collman Lloyd didn't expect to hear from the leader of the free world on Christmas Eve.

In its 62nd year, the Santa Tracker comes courtesy of NORAD.

The operations center director was quick to realise a mistake had been made, and assured the boy that NORAD would guarantee Santa a safe journey from the North Pole.

Collman had called the NORAD Tracks Santa program on Christmas Eve.

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Terrence J. "I assume this committee can count on your commitment to continue that venerable tradition", Arkansas Republican Sen. The hundreds of volunteers will be working on Christmas Eve to track Santa Claus and to answer children's calls.

"It's just too freaking fantastic that Trump spent his Christmas Eve calling seven year olds and telling them believing in Santa at their age is 'marginal, '" Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said on his Twitter account.

Commanding officer US Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup was bewildered to receive a number of calls from children eager to speak to Santa.

First Lady Melania Trump and the president each sat by a phone in the White House's State Dining Room around 6:30 journalists took photos and recorded video of them taking calls patched through from NORAD, the Hill reports.

But he went on to raise doubts about Santa's existence, asking: "Are you still a believer in Santa Claus?".

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The Defense Department is able to follow Santa's journey thanks to satellites that pick up heat from lead reindeer Rudolph's bright red nose, which "gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch", according to Politico magazine. But for little ones looking to track Santa all the way to your house be warned, he only brings presents when children are sleeping! The Santa tracking tradition, later continued by NORAD, was born.

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NORAD also has a Facebook page where you can track Santa's movements, a hotline, 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723), and a website where you can track Santa's location and play some games. That year, a Sears store in Colorado Springs ran an ad in a local newspaper that included a phone number kids could dial to talk to Santa.

The NORAD calls were the first time Trump has been seen in public since the shutdown began.

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