Trump Takes Kids' Christmas Calls, Questions Belief in Santa

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The president suggested believing in Father Christmas was a "marginal" thing.

Donald Trump promised to shake things up when he got to the White House, but most people, perhaps, didn't expect him to shake children's faith in Santa Claus. 

On Christmas Eve, the president and first lady Melania Trump, seated in front of an enormous open fire at the White House, fielded calls from children across America. What should have been a relatively simple photo opportunity, went off the rails after Trump spoke to a seven-year-old, and then questioned whether they believed in Santa. 

"Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?" asked Trump. 


Trump's Christmas hasn't gone as planned thus far. The president eschewed a trip to his Florida holiday home as the government shut down over a dispute over border wall funding. On Monday, Trump tweeted that he was still in the White House working on securing funding for his wall: “I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” Trump tweeted.