Internet users suggested that Trump had ruined the magic of Christmas for the young girl by suggesting that Santa Claus is not real, but Collman's parents had a different reaction to the phone call. "Because at 7 it's marginal, right?" he said, according to a video posted by The Daily Beast.
As part of his Christmas Eve duties, Trump took a call Monday night from Collman Lloyd of Lexington, who had phoned the North American Aerospace Defense Command - which has operated a Santa tracker since 1955 - looking for St. Nick, The Post and Courier reported.
"I think it's insane it became a big deal". In fact, it seems the word "marginal" went completely over the young girl's head.
A little girl from SC looking to track down Santa Claus' location on Christmas Eve ended up having an expected conversation with Donald Trump.
When Collman Lloyd called NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve to find out where Santa was, she didn't expect to talk to the president of the United States.
"Most people know this question". "I thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family", he told reporters in the Oval Office. "I would like to ask if he has any kids", she said. "It made her Christmas". "I've honestly never heard of them or seen any of them so I was wondering".
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House Republicans passed a version of a spending bill that included $5.7 billion border wall between the USA and Mexico . That jump-started negotiations between Congress and the White House, but the deadline came and went without a deal.
"Are you still a believer in Santa?" he added.
Trump usually spends Christmas at his Florida estate.
Trump may have been in a gloomy mood due to the ongoing government shutdown and the recent stock market selloff, but he appeared cheerful in subsequent calls.
He scrapped his plans to travel to Palm Beach because of a stalemate with Congress over government funding.
"Well that's very good", Trump says.
Democratic and Republican senators approved a bipartisan deal earlier last week to keep the government open into February and provide $1.3 billion U.S. for border security projects, but Trump refused to sign the bill because it did not include funding for a border wall with Mexico. He spoke Tuesday by video conference to members of all five branches of the USA military.