Donald Trump believing in Santa, child said she didn’t understand.
The 7-year-old South Carolina girl who President Donald Trump almost made question her belief in Santa still made all the necessary preparations for a visit from the big man on Monday night.
Collman Lloyd was buzzing after her chat with the leader of the nation via the NORAD Santa Tracker but it didn’t stop her getting down to business and making sure the festive character had a snack to keep him going.
The child revealed she put out sugar cookies and chocolate milk that had vanished by Christmas morning, and her faith was kept alive after an American Girl doll appeared wrapped under the tree.
Despite public outrage after Trump, 72, posed a question that could upset any child, it seemed the youngster was just so keen to answer politely when he said ‘Are you still a believer in Santa?’ that she didn’t have time to digest the meaning.
‘I was like, “wow.” I was shocked,’ she said about her surprise phone call with Trump. she told The Post and Courier that she drowned out any doubtful voices regarding the magic of Christmas after the chat. ‘It wasn’t really (nerve-wracking), I just had to think of what the truth was.’
Trump seemingly tried to make himself feel better about the blunder by asking her to approve of his right to ask.
Unlikely to make her feel better about the calling to find out where Santa was in the process of dropping off gifts, he added: ‘Because at seven it’s marginal, right?’
Luckily, Lloyd doesn’t use ‘marginal’ in her vocabulary so continued to answer politely with a ‘yes, sir’ while being none the wiser.
But with her 10-year-old sister, 5-year-old brother and a friend listening in on the call, hopefully it didn’t ruin December 25 for anyone else.
The phone call did get Lloyd thinking more about the president though. A big thought that crossed her mind in the aftermath of the flopped conversation seemed to be the extent of Trump’s experiencing talking to children.
‘Most people know this question. I would like to ask if he has any kids,’ Lloyd said. ‘I’ve honestly never heard of them or seen any of them so I was wondering.’
Trump appeared to try to keep things light as he sat beside his wife, Melania, in front of a roaring fireplace beneath a portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln. He had spent the day complaining about his decision to remain at the White House because of the partial government shutdown.
Despite a day of travel, Melania looked stunning in a dark blue, high-necked dress and deep red heels, ready to take calls.
Trump, who had been scheduled to leave for his Florida vacation home on Friday, had opted instead to stay at the White House during the shutdown so far, which occurred after he and top lawmakers failed to end an impasse over funding for his proposed wall along the border with Mexico.