US President Donald Trump has come under criticism after he asked a 7-year-old child whether she still believed in Santa Claus.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who were to attend Christmas Eve services at Washington National Cathedral on Monday night, talked to children over the phone and answered their questions about Santa.
The kids were calling to get through to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, which uses its radar system to track Santa on his trip around the world every Christmas Eve. Some of those calls were patched through to Trump and his wife.
Talking to the girl, named Collman Lloyd, Trump asked, “Are you still a believer in Santa?”
After listening for a moment, the president said, “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” He listened again and smiled before saying, “Well, you just enjoy yourself.”
The question sparked a storm of tweets from lawmakers, media figures and social media users.