Girl, 7, finds Santa gifts, cookies gone despite Trump's 'marginal' comment

Trump Asks 7-Year-Old NORAD Caller If He Believes In Santa

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

In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?"

Collman Lloyd of Lexington, South Carolina called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which tracks the location of Santa Claus, to ask where Santa was located.

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

"Are you still a believer in Santa?" Trump listened for a moment before adding, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?"

Collman told BuzzFeed News she was "feeling kind of excited and just, like, shocked" that she got to speak with the president.

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"Well, you just enjoy yourself", he continued.

Collman told the Post and Courier that she and her 10-year-old sister and five-year-old brother left iced sugar cookies and chocolate milk for Santa.

Those offerings were gone in the morning, and under a Christmas tree, there was a wrapped present with Collman's name on it.

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The president also expressed confidence in Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calling him a talented guy and a smart person. "I suspect any support that they had for that wall might be evaporating as their paychecks evaporate, too", he said.

A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. "If that's the case, again, I think there's a chance we go into the next Congress". Trump was supposed to celebrate Christmas at Mar-a-Lago with his family, but elected to stay in the White House instead, tweeting up a storm. He scrapped plans to travel to Palm Beach because of the shutdown.

"Nothing new", Trump said, according to Reuters.

Trump's faux pas was roundly mocked on social media, where he was criticized for breaking the covenant in which we have all agreed to deceive our children.

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