Trump: 'I Predict Santa Will Bring You Building Blocks'

President takes calls from kids looking to find out where the big guy in red is
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2017 1:03 AM CST
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump speak with children as they track Santa Claus' movements with the NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach,...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – President Trump had a busy first Christmas Eve as commander in chief, partly spent as the Santa-tracker in chief. Trump and first lady Melania Trump took phone calls from kids calling in to NORAD to keep tabs on Santa's progress, reports the Hill. "What would you like more than anything else?" Trump, speaking from his Mar-a-Lago estate, asked one kid. "Building blocks, that’s what I always liked, too, I always loved building blocks. Now they make them better. I predict that Santa will bring you building blocks, so many you won’t be able to use them all."

Other children were more somber, with one wanting a grandmother to get out of the hospital. "That is great, that’s better than asking for some toy or something," Trump responded. Trump told one child that he personally wished for "peace for the country. We’ve got prosperity, now we want peace." As for Santa's whereabouts, Trump said, per the AP, "Santa moves very quickly. He'll be at your house very late at night when you're sleeping." Trump talked to six kids, while the first lady talked to nine. (He also reportedly told friends at Mar-a-Lago that "you all just got a lot richer," hours after signing tax reform into law.)

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