Trump asks 7-year-old if he still believes in Santa

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NORAD eased the fears of good little boys and girls concerned the tracker might be down, after U.S. lawmakers failed agree on a budget, triggering a partial shutdown of federal services, including the maintenance of the Christmas tree outside the White House.

Throughout the year, the USA and Canadian organisation NORAD, monitors aerospace in event of nuclear attack, but on Christmas Eve they turn their attention to monitoring the skies for Santa's sleigh. NORAD coordinates with Santa's Elf Launch Staff to confirm his launch time, but from that point on, Santa calls the shots.

It's a tradition that traces back to 1955, when an ad misprinted the telephone number for kids to call Santa Claus, redirecting them instead to the Continental Air Defense Command. Since then, it has grown to become a huge tradition.

'Melania and I are truly thrilled to wish every American a very, merry Christmas, ' said President Trump at the start of the video.

NORAD's Santa-tracking website,, provides real-time animated updates of Father Christmas' mission. Their website receives more than nine million hits each year and Santa's little helpers answer more than 140,000 calls from about 200 countries.

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The call came around 6:30 the President and first lady Melania Trump spoke on separate phones to children whose calls to NORAD had been patched through to the White House lines. That organization gamely played along, offering kids in search of Santa updates from their radar on Santa's location, launching the now-longstanding practice.

A tradition was born that rolled over to NORAD when it was formed in 1958.

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Sometimes volunteers have to deal with unexpected calls, including a child from Newton, Connecticut in 2012 asking if Santa could bring extra toys for families who lost children in the Sandy Hook mass shooting that year.