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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 TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE asked a 7-year-old if she believes in Santa Claus.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump allies, Washington insiders helped plan rallies before Capitol breach: reports Melania Trump bids farewell to Be Best in new video Garth Brooks, Joan Baez among this year's Kennedy Center honorees 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 MurphyOvernight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February COVID-19 testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party 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 BhararaPreet BhararaReimagining the role of the next SEC chair What a Biden administration should look like Democratic attorneys criticize House Judiciary Democrats' questioning of Barr 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.