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 TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain White House announces spring garden tour dates Trump heard sermon on calling out hate speech at St. Patrick's day church service 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.