Social media reacts to Trump asking a 7-year-old if she still believes in Santa Claus

Lawmakers, media figures and social media users took to Twitter after President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE asked a 7-year-old if she believes in Santa Claus.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Trump defends million in Kennedy Center funding in coronavirus stimulus Budowsky: President Trump, meet with all former living presidents MORE late Monday took calls from children about Santa’s whereabouts, a presidential tradition in conjunction with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

"Merry Christmas. How are you?” Trump asked one caller. “How old are you? ... Are you doing well in school? ... Are you still a believer in Santa?"

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After a short pause to hear the child’s response, the president then added: “Because at 7, it’s marginal, right?”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyCoronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner Lawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Senate rejects GOP attempt to change unemployment benefits in coronavirus stimulus bill MORE (D-Conn.) later tweeted disapproval of Trump’s remark, saying: “It’s just too freaking fantastic that Trump spent his Christmas Eve calling seven year olds and telling them believing in Santa at their age is ‘marginal’."

“If you’re 7, yes, Santa Claus exists and loves you,” tweeted former U.S. attorney Preet BhararaPreetinder (Preet) Singh BhararaBig stimulus packages required, but they risk political blowback Rep. Collins says Democrats are 'in love with terrorists,' 'mourn Soleimani' George Conway: 'Garbage' White House defense 'virtually guarantees' Trump impeachment MORE, a prominent Trump critic. “And he’s on his way.”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, meanwhile, compared Trump to comedian Larry David.

And "roving journalist" Michael Tracey said on Twitter that "Trump ribbing a little kid about believing in Santa is pretty darn funny."

But many critics said that Trump’s original question may have ruined Christmas for a young child by suggesting that Santa Claus didn’t exist.

The New York Times even tweeted about an article about the comments: “Kids, Please Do Not Read This Article on What Trump Said About Santa Claus.”

Dozens of other media figures and Twitter users reacted to the comments, with one calling the president a “Supervillian”:

A local newspaper later tracked down the young girl, Collman Lloyd, who said she left out milk and cookies for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and woke up to find an American Girl doll under the tree on Christmas morning.

Collman said she originally thought she would hear a recording of Trump’s voice and was surprised to actually be able to talk to him.

“I was like, ‘wow.’ I was shocked,” she said.

Updated on Wednesday at 6:45 a.m.