Trump tells boy that believing in Santa at 7 is ‘marginal’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Christmas Eve took calls from children anxious to find out where Santa was on his gift-giving journey.

In one conversation, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman, “Are you still a believer in Santa?” He listened for a moment before adding, “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” Trump listened again and chuckled before saying, “Well, you just enjoy yourself.”

Mrs. Trump told a caller that Santa was in the Sahara. Several minutes later, she reported that Santa was far away in Morocco but would be at the caller’s home on Christmas morning.

Mrs. Trump later tweeted that helping children track Santa “is becoming one of my favorite traditions!”

The NORAD Tracks Santa program became a Christmas Eve tradition after a child mistakenly called the forerunner to the North American Aerospace Defense Command in 1955 and asked to speak to Santa.

The program wasn’t affected by the government shutdown. It’s run by volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado using pre-approved funding.

The Trumps later traveled to Washington National Cathedral to attend the Solemn Holy Eucharist of Christmas Eve. The cathedral’s website said the program included readings from Holy Scripture, favorite congregational hymns and seasonal choral and instrumental music as well as Holy Communion. Passes were required.

Trump most likely would have been attending Christmas services at a church near his estate in Palm Beach, Florida. But he scrapped plans to head to Florida for the holidays after parts of the government were forced to shut down indefinitely in a budget stalemate with Congress.

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  • steve

    The AP is showing its perpetual hate for Trump in the headline itself. People will read and interpret Santa is ‘marginal’ as saying Trump is telling the 7 year old that Santa’s not real. Maybe that could be true if the child had said he sincerely believes in Santa. But what if the child had said he doesn’t believe in Santa at all or isn’t sure. We don’t know what the kid said, and as a result we don’t really know Trump’s words meant. The AP will take advantage of every opportunity it can to denigrate Trump regardless of circumstances, and that’s a shame for what was once a professional media source because they aren’t any more.

      • steve

        So what? The kid called Trump. It doesn’t say he was a believer or not, and these days who knows what parents might prompt their kids to say? Can you tell me exactly what the kid said? The point is that when we only hear one side of a conversation what was said is a guess and nothing more. And I’ll stand by my criticism and lack of professionalism of the AP. It’s deserved.

  • lml25

    It’s bash Trump,24/7.FOX participates by posting this stuff.There’s also an anti-white agenda that the media is on.Trump saying this is not news,but an excyse to try to get liberals (like they believe in ANYTHING)angry at Trump some more.Quite boring at this point.

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