For Kid Trump Talked to, Santa Is Not 'Marginal'

7-year-old Collman Lloyd didn't know what 'marginal' meant, left cookies and milk for Santa
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2018 5:21 AM CST
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President Trump speaks on the phone sharing updates to track Santa's movements from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – A 7-year-old girl who talked to President Trump on Christmas Eve still left out milk and cookies for Santa despite the president telling her it was "marginal" for a child of her age to still believe. Then again, Collman Lloyd of Lexington, SC, says she had never heard the word "marginal" before. Collman had called the NORAD Tracks Santa program Monday night to check on Santa's journey delivering toys, reports the AP. In an interview with the Post and Courier, she said the scientist who answered the NORAD phone asked her if she would like to speak to the president. Six minutes later, Trump was on the line. "Are you still a believer in Santa?" Trump asked. When she responded, "Yes, sir," the president added, "Because at 7, that's marginal, right?" Collman didn't know what "marginal" meant and simply answered, "Yes, sir." Trump closed by saying, "Well, you just enjoy yourself."

Only Trump's end of the conversation could be heard by reporters, but Collman's family later posted video of the call on YouTube. Collman told the Post and Courier that she and her 10-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother left iced sugar cookies and chocolate milk for Santa. She reported that Christmas morning, the food was gone and presents were under the tree. Trump scrapped plans to celebrate in Mar-a-Lago and spent a rare Christmas in Washington because of the shutdown. "I thought it would be wrong for me to be with my family," he told reporters in the Oval Office after talking with members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. "My family is in Florida, Palm Beach, and I just didn't want to go down and be there when other people are hurting," Trump said. He didn't say which family members were at Mar-a-Lago.

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