President Donald Trump talked to kids and asked questions about whether they were looking forward to the holiday.
“Every Christmas Eve, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, claims to track Santa Claus’ flight across the globe, a tradition dating to 1955, when a department store printed the phone number of a NORAD colonel in a Christmas newspaper ad by mistake.”
The NORAD calls were the first time President Trump has been seen in public since the government shutdown began. Rather than approve a meager amount for border security, democrats forced the closure by refusing to agree to a budget that includes appropriate funding.
NORAD said on Friday it would continue the tradition of the phone calls, even during the shutdown, and added that military personnel answering the phones would be supported by in the event of a shutdown, 1,500 volunteers.
The president was scheduled to leave D.C. for his Florida vacation home on Friday, but remained in Washington after democrats refused to compromise.
“Instead of enjoying the warmth of the Florida sun, Trump has spent the lead-up to the holiday meeting with lawmakers and Cabinet officials.”
He has also tweeted quite a bit over the past few days.
Many supporters recognize that the president is a deal maker who thrives on chaos. The recent shutdown and troop withdrawal announcements are exactly what he promised during his campaign, which the American people voted for him to do.
“I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security,” Trump tweeted on Monday.
He’s absolutely right, many people agree. Democrats will take the majority in the House on January 3, so a budget deal is required now.
The House did pass five billion in funding, but the measure stalled in the Senate.
“But with the children, Trump appeared to try to keep things light as he sat beside his wife, Melania, in front of a roaring fireplace beneath a portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln.”
“Are you still a believer in Santa?” he asked.
Many Americans are praying for the president, who has been attacked and besieged on all sides since the moment he announced his candidacy, and the maliciousness has only gotten worse the better he has done for the nation. This move shows that he’s still the same person, despite the hate.