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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE asked a 7-year-old if she believes in Santa Claus.

Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85 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 MurphyCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support House passes bill to end US support for Saudi war in Yemen This week: Border deal remains elusive as shutdown looms 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 BhararaIt’s crazy to not ask difficult questions about NATO The importance of independent, unbiased data George Conway: Nothing Trump says 'can be taken at face value' 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.