Trump asks 7-year-old if she actually still believes in Santa (updated)

Not even a government shutdown can stop the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from tracking Santa’s whereabouts. Or stop President Trump from potentially ruining Christmas for children.

Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, spent some of their Christmas Eve taking calls from children wondering where Santa might be.

When a 7-year-old named Collman Lloyd called in asking about St. Nick’s location, Trump wanted to make sure she was actually a believer.

“Are you still a believer in Santa?” he asked, adding “Because, at 7, it’s marginal, right?”

Yes, this really happened. Listen below:

We didn’t hear Collman’s response, but it did make the president laugh.

Some people on Twitter declared that Trump ruined Christmas.

Others are glad the truth is finally out.

Melania Trump, meanwhile, can be heard asking callers if they were good this year and telling one kid that Santa was still far away but on his way to their home.

NORAD tweeted that the Santa tracker would still be working despite the government shutdown. The group has tracked the sleigh on Christmas for more than six decades.  

Last year, more than 126,000 children called the NORAD line while the Santa tracker was viewed over 18 million times.

Update 8am CT, Dec. 26: The Post and Courier posted a video of the girl answering Trump, saying that she believes in Santa. This article also corrects the spelling of Collman’s name.

Elizabeth VanMetre

Elizabeth VanMetre

Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.