Girl who talked to Trump still believes in Santa

Trump cannot stop scarring children

Not even the partial government shutdown could keep NORAD from following the man in red.

On Christmas Eve, President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, fielded phone calls from children who had called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to check on Santa Claus's progress.

Negotiations between congressional Democrats and the Trump administration over the President's demands for a border wall have so far not yielded an agreement, and the shutdown will continue until at least Thursday, when the Senate returns to Washington. What they can't seem to agree on is what it should be spent on.

"Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, 'stay out until you get the funding for the wall, '" he said, when asked for his message to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers either furloughed or working without pay.

Most lawmakers fled the capital over the weekend to be with their families.

The tradition, which began with a phone line mix-up in 1955, continued this year despite the ongoing government shutdown.

Mrs Trump later tweeted that helping children track Santa "is becoming one of my favourite traditions!"

In a joint statement, the Democratic leaders of Congress, Sen.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer of NY and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leaders of Congress, blame Trump for the stalemate and for "plunging the country into chaos".

Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S. -Mexico border to deter criminal elements.

Pelosi and Schumer's letter made no mention of the reported offer of the White House accepting $2.5 billion in border wall funding instead of $5 billion.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has given a "counter-offer" that was "between those two numbers".

"Democrats have always been for smart and effective ways to secure our border", Schumer said.

The shutdown began at midnight last Friday. He tweeted at one point about feeling lonely.

The president scheduled a border security meeting Monday afternoon at the White House with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other department officials, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Democrats and some Republicans are opposed. Many are on the job but must wait until after the shutdown to be paid again.

Some 800,000 government workers are affected. Opponents have also noted previous efforts to strengthen the border that have been cheaper than building a wall.

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