Published: Wed, December 26, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Donald Trump fails to diminish girl's belief in Father Christmas

Donald Trump fails to diminish girl's belief in Father Christmas

In a Christmas Eve call, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman whether the child still believes in Santa Claus.

The mass was underway around 10pm, after the president may have ruined Christmas for one seven-year-old boy calling into the NORAD Santa Tracker.

This year, though, the NORAD calls came at a precarious time for the president, who is mired in crises, from a government shutdown that has affected a quarter of federal agencies and departments to a stock market selloff amid Trump's public criticisms of the Federal Reserve.

Stuck in Washington on Christmas morning 2018, Trump displayed little holiday cheer while speaking with reporters after a 20-minute video conference with U.S. troops serving overseas.

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Footage of the incident circulating on social media shows Mr Trump then telling the boy: "Because at seven, it's marginal, right?"

It's unclear how Coleman responded or if he knows the meaning of the word marginal.

Mr Trump closed by saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself". Reporters in the room with Trump could only hear his side of the conversation and news stories about the seemingly uncomfortable interaction were flashed around the world.

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"I was like, 'Wow.' I was shocked", Lloyd told the Post and Courier.

She reported that Christmas morning, the food was gone and presents were under the tree.

A Christmas tradition, the NORAD tracker delights children with "real-time" updates on Santa's Christmas Eve journey around the world.

For First Lady Melania Trump, the annual event "is becoming one of my favourite traditions". He spoke Tuesday by video conference to members of all five branches of the US military. "It didn't bother me - I like to talk to my kids like adults". "His trip seems to take 24 hours to us, but to Santa it might last days, weeks or even months".

The president remained at the White House on Christmas Day, having cancelled his plans to spend the holiday at his estate in Florida after about a quarter USA federal agencies were shut down when their funding expired Friday.

Mr. Trump usually celebrates Christmas at his Florida estate.

This forced first lady Melania to get back into a plane and fly back to Washington D.C. today from the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.

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