As part of his Christmas Eve duties, Trump took a call Monday night from Collman Lloyd of Lexington, who had phoned the North American Aerospace Defense Command — which has operated a Santa tracker since 1955 — looking for St. Nick, The Post and Courier reported. The person who answered forwarded her call to the president.
“Are you still a believer in Santa?” Trump asks in a video taken at Collman’s home that was posted by the paper.
“Yes, sir,” she answered definitively.
“Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” the president pressed.
Collman had no idea what “marginal” meant, so she responded, “Yes, sir.”
“You just enjoy yourself,” Trump concluded.
Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?" pic.twitter.com/VHexvFSbQ1— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 25, 2018
The question rattled Collman a bit. “I was like, ‘wow.’ I was shocked. It wasn’t really (nerve-wracking), I just had to think of what the truth was,” she told the newspaper.
Trump got skewered by critics for the insensitive attempt at a reality lesson.