7-year-old who spoke to Trump about Santa still believes

Collman, from Lexington in SC, also told the newspaper that she was glad to be able to talk with the USA president.

NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, has made a tradition of using its radar system to track Santa on his trip around the globe every Christmas Eve.

But when the phone was answered, it was a scientist who asked if she wanted to speak to U.S. president Donald Trump.

Instead, Trump answered the phone following a six-minute wait.

Trump was slammed on Christmas Eve for suggesting Lloyd was a little too old to believe in Santa. Trump listened for a moment before adding, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?"

"Yes, sir", replied Collman - explaining later that she didn't know what the word "marginal" meant. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall, a fence, whatever they would like to call it", Trump said in the Oval Office after a Christmas call with United States troops.

Trump (in booming voice) to a kid named Coleman: "Hello, is this Coleman?" Only Mr Trump's end of the conversation could be heard by reporters, but Collman's family later posted video of the call on YouTube.

And on Christmas Day, as usual, the food was gone and there were presents under the tree.

President Trump speaks with children as he participates in NORAD's Santa Tracker program on Christmas Eve on December 25, 2018.

President Donald Trump says parts of the government will stay shut as long as Democrats refuse to build more barriers on the U.S. -Mexico border, seemingly dashing hope for a Christmas miracle that would soon allow several departments to reopen and employees to return to work. He spoke Tuesday by video conference to members of all five branches of the USA military.

The president also claimed that "many" of the shutdown's furloughed workers, who are not being pad while the federal government remains partially closed, want him to keep it shuttered until he receives the wall funding. "I can tell you it's not going to be open until we have a wall or fence, whatever they'd like to call it".

In 2017, Trump spent the holidays at his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, with his family, but for his second Christmas as president, Trump opted to cancel his holiday getaway because of the partial federal government shutdown.

  • Jon Douglas