The government may have been partially closed, but the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) is still following Santa Claus around the world. NORAD will target children during the day and during the day, trying to determine Santa's exact location and the time of his long-awaited arrival.
NORAD has followed Santa for decades with the help of nearly 1,500 military personnel and volunteers. One of Santa's helpers in the past was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who responded to calls for more than six years. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump supported NORAD during the 2017 and current holiday season, as she noted on Twitter on Christmas Eve:
At one point, the president told a seven-year-old that the belief in Santa Claus at this age was "marginal." He asked the boy named Coleman if he still believed in Santa Claus. After listening, Mr. Trump said, "Because it's an edge around 7, is not it?" He listened again and chuckled before saying, "Well, you just enjoy it."
Maj. Andrew Hennessey of the Canadian military said NORAD started persecuting the Santa 63 years ago and began advertising in a local newspaper in Colorado Springs.
"It was a Sears administration that had printed a phone number that was supposed to call the Santa directly, and they called our Operations Director at the time, and he accepted a call from the child, thinking it was a prank and a joke Figure out what was going on, quickly, and NORAD Tracks Santa continues that tradition today. "
Santa was seen on Monday afternoon as he traveled across Saudi Arabia, Hennessey said.
"In general, it will start at the international date line and will go to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and finally to North America We will accompany it with NORAD fighters in Canada and the United States .We are with our radars in systems that we use every day to defend North America, directly connected to it. "
For anyone looking for live information on Santas travel, NORAD offers live updates via phone, Facebook, Twitter and email. If you call 877-HI-NORAD, you will receive an update.