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Trump to boy: Do you believe in Santa?

Trump to boy: Do you believe in Santa?

When we get this footage into our Santa Tracking Center, we will update you on air immediately.

US President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump participate in NORAD Santa Tracker phone calls in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Christmas Eve. A binational command of the USA and Canada, NORAD functions year-round to protect and monitor the skies of those two countries. The tradition has been around since the 1950s, though there's some dispute as to the nature of how it began.

If Santa takes a similar route that he did past year, he will head through Japan, China, Taiwan, and the Far East initially, on his way down under to deliver gifts to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tahiti.

The President of the United States is not at all concerned with preserving a child's belief in Santa Claus. A little girl called and spoke to Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup, who told her he could help her locate Santa. Trump asked. When she responded, "Yes, sir", the president added, "Because at 7, that's marginal, right?"

Tracks Santa program wasn't affected by the government shutdown.

Not even the partial government shutdown could keep NORAD from following the man in red.

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They answered telephone calls from children who were wanted to know where Santa was on his gift-giving journey, with the president at one point asking a 7-year-old named Coleman, "Are you still a believer in Santa?" "Say hello to everybody", President Trump said.

Over 140,000 phone calls are made to NORAD's Santa hotline and the website receives about 9 million unique visitors each year, according to NORAD.

This 2014 image shows first lady Michelle Obama answering children's calls to the NORAD Santa Tracking program on Christmas Eve.

There's also a selection of "Santa Cam" videos, which document such things as his initial spotting at the North Pole.

Melania Trump said on Twitter that helping children track Santa "is becoming one of my favorite traditions!"