'Marginal' Santa believer puts out cookies after Trump chat

'Marginal' Santa believer puts out cookies after Trump chat

But fortunately the child, from Lexington, South Carolina, said that she had never heard the word "marginal" before.

Instead, Collman's father - 40-year-old Donald J. Lloyd - told BuzzFeed News that he would use similar language to speak to his daughter about Santa Claus.

After learning the girl's age, the president asked: "At seven, it's marginal, right?" After listening, Trump said, "Because at 7, it's marginal, right?"

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.

"Yes, sir", the girl replied.

The president and first lady Melania Trump also sent Christmas greetings to Americans across the United States on Christmas Day.

As the president pushes for a $5 billion border wall, he claims numerous more than 800,000 federal workers affected want the wall.

Topiary trees line the East colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington Monday Nov. 26 2018. Christmas has arrived at the White House
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Trump, speaking to reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office during the fourth day of the impasse, also revealed that he will be going to the border in Texas for a "groundbreaking" ceremony for a portion of the project at the end of January.

The president and first lady Melania Trump assisted NORAD during the 2017 and current holiday seasons, as she noted on Twitter on Christmas Eve.

NORAD's 63-year tradition of tracking Santa started after a newspaper ad in Colorado encouraged kids to dial an fictitious number to the Continental Air Defense Command, NORAD's predecessor: "Hey, Kiddies!"

Perhaps furious at the lonely Christmas Eve he was apparently having, Trump and his wife Melania fielded phone calls with children at the White House in front of the press.

Collman Lloyd, 7, called NORAD Santa Tracker on Monday night and was redirected to the president himself.

She said that after the phone call was over, she and her family had wondered about the president's family and what they would be doing for Christmas.

He then paused, giving a chuckle, and adding, "Well, you just enjoy yourself". He did not elaborate, but a Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private talks said the White House offered USD 2.5 billion - an initial USD 2.1 billion plus USD 400 million Democrats called a "slush fund" for the president's other immigration priorities.

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