US President Donald Trump questioned a 7-year-old’s belief in Santa Claus, telling the child it was “marginal” at that age to still think Father Christmas is real.
“Are you still a believer in Santa?” Trump said to the child, Coleman, who called in to the federal government’s official Santa Tracker, run by the North American Aerospace Defence Command. “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” Trump said.
Later, Trump and first lady Melania Trump made an unscheduled visit to the National Cathedral late on Monday for Christmas Eve services. The Trump family has attended Christmas Eve services near their Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, in the past.
With the government partially shutdown amid a partisan spending standoff, the President and first lady were set to remain in Washington for Christmas. Continuing a tradition, the two fielded calls from kids across the country wanting to find out the latest on Santa’s progress across the globe.