One story making the internet rounds following the Christmas holiday is about a phone call President Trump made to a little girl in California.
During the call Trump questioned 7-year-old Collman Lloyd about her belief in Santa Claus.
“Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at 7 it’s marginal, right?” the president said.
The statement caused the story to go viral as opponents of the president piled on criticisms, but amidst all the backlash there are those who stood by the president, namely the little girl’s parents.
Donald J. Lloyd, Collman’s father, spoke to BuzzFeed News where he admitted he would be using similar language to discuss Santa with his daughter. He remarked how the president’s remarks where “blown out of proportion and unfairly politicized.”
“I think it’s crazy it became a big deal. It’s Christmastime. I’d love to keep politics out of Christmas,” Donald said. “It didn’t bother me — I like to talk to my kids like adults.”
Collman’s mother, Erica Lloyd, shared similar sentiments saying, “I’m a teacher. I’m OK with the vocabulary. He was very kind. I was very impressed with the phone call.”
Both parents expressed their appreciation for Trump taking the time to personally reach out to their daughter.
“He said, ‘Happy Christmas … It was great speaking to you, Collman … Please tell [your family] I wish them a happy Christmas,'” Erica explained. “It made her Christmas.”