When Collman Lloyd called NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve to find out where Santa was, she didn’t expect to talk to the president of the United States. But when her call was redirected to President Trump, the 7-year-old had no problem speaking her mind, specifically when it came to Mr. Claus.
“Are you still a believer in Santa?” asked the president, after Collman told him that she was putting out cookies for Santa later that evening. “Yes, sir,” the Lexington, South Carolina girl responded confidently. Even when Trump questioned, “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?” she again replied, “Yes, sir.”
After Monday night’s surprise chat, Collman, along with her 10-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother, did indeed leave out sugar cookies and chocolate milk for Mr. Claus. And in the morning, she says that the cookies were gone and that she found an American Girl doll under the tree, proving Santa does exist.
Collman’s chat with the commander-in-chief wasn’t a fluke — every year since 1955, the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa Tracker has connected some of its Christmas Eve calls to the White House, where both the president and first lady answer the phones for a few hours.
Current first lady Melania Trump even tweeted, “Helping children across the country track #Santa is becoming one of my favorite traditions!”
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) December 25, 2018
And the Trumps likely made Collman’s Christmas Eve one to remember. “I was like, ‘wow.’ I was shocked,” she told Post and Courier. “It wasn’t really (nerve-wracking), I just had to think of what the truth was.”