Huckabee defends Trump's Santa comment: 'It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday defended President TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE for asking a child if they believed in Santa, saying the controversy over the remarks was overblown.

Huckabee appeared on “Fox & Friends” the morning after Christmas and said the president “can’t catch a break.”

“What is wrong with people?” Huckabee asked about the backlash. “It wasn’t like he was boiling the little girl’s bunny rabbit in a pot on the stove or something.”

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Monday on Christmas Eve, the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOvernight Defense: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown on track to become longest ever | Military begins withdrawing equipment from Syria | Bolton taps new deputy Bolton names replacement for deputy who clashed with first lady The Hill's Morning Report — Groundhog Day: Negotiations implode as shutdown reaches 20 days MORE fielded questions to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) call center from children about Santa's location. From the White House, Trump answered a call from a child named Collman.

“Are you still a believer in Santa?" Trump asked. "Because at 7 it's marginal, right?"

Huckabee said Trump asked a “simple question,” arguing that the press will never be happy covering the president.

“It doesn’t matter what he does,” Huckabee said. “If he didn’t make the call, if he didn’t talk to the little girl, they would say he was curled up in a fetal position in the White House and was unwilling to come out and talk to anybody.”

“I mean, the man can’t catch a break,” he added.

Huckabee's daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is Trump's White House press secretary.