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U.S. government tracks Santa Claus, prompting Trump to challenge caller

U.S. government tracks Santa Claus, prompting Trump to challenge caller

The call to American defense agency NORAD, which "tracks" Santa's movements around the world, was one of several answered by Trump and his wife Melania as part of a Christmas Eve tradition. Over 1,400 volunteers work with NORAD on Christmas Eve at their Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.to assist in tracking Mr. Claus.

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.

"Hello, is this Coleman", US President said.

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Santa fans can go to the NORAD Tracks Santa website as well as follow updates on its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, might not seem like the type of organization to get in the Christmas spirit for the sake of kids' fantasies; after all, it's a "bi-national organization which defends the homeland through aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America", as their website explains.

NORAD Tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we can not predict where and when he will arrive at your house.

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On Monday night, President Trump and the First Lady tracked Santa's sleigh across North America and spoke to a few young children.

There are 160 phones to handle the calls and new volunteers get a help book which lets them know what kind of questions children may ask. "Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number", the advertisement said.

To avoid disappointing the eager children, NORAD's director of operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, ordered his staff to check the radar to see where Santa might be and update the children on his location.

One year, she took a call from a boy who began reading a very long Christmas list.

After NORAD was founded in 1958, the military headquarters made it their duty to keep the public informed about Santa's location.

"I assume this committee can count on your commitment to continue that venerable tradition", Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked seriously.


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