President Donald Trump did the unthinkable when he received calls about Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: he asked a boy if Santa Claus was real.
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In front of a roaring chimney in the White House State House, the president asked a seven-year-old Coleman if he was "still a believer" and possibly shook the boy's faith in Saint Nick forever.
"Hello, is this Coleman, Merry Christmas, how are you?" Trump asked. "Do you still believe in Santa Claus, because at 7 it's a marginal question, right?" the president added with a giggle.
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"What Santa's bringing for Christmas? Who's with you?" He asked another young caller. "Nice Christmas and I'll talk to you again, okay? "
First Lady Melania Trump tweeted pictures of the couple who had previously received calls. Trump showed a happy smile in a dark suit and a red tie. She called the annual event one of her favorite traditions in the White House.
"Helping children across the country #Santa becomes one of my favorite traditions," she tweeted. "@Potus and I worked with @NORADSanta – #ChristmasEve"
NORAD traces Santa's sleigh since 1955 from the North Pole. This tradition began when a department store accidentally placed the phone number of a NORAD officer in a Christmas ad.
Most government offices were closed due to the closure, but NORAD said it would definitely continue its longstanding tradition.
"NORAD will continue its 63-year tradition of NORAD Tracks Santa on December 24 in the event of a government deadlock," NORAD tweeted last week. "Military personnel directing NORAD Tracks Santa are supported by approximately 1,500 volunteers who provide the program each year."