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Santa Is Fake And The Country Is A “Disgrace,” But “Other Than That” Trump Wished Everybody A Merry Christmas

“It’s a disgrace what’s happening in this country,” he said. “But other than that, I wish everybody a merry Christmas.”

Posted on December 25, 2018, at 12:37 p.m. ET

As millions of Americans gather around their trees to spend time with loved ones, open presents, and celebrate Christmas, President Trump is spending the holiday pretty much as you'd expect.

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On Christmas Eve, Trump complained that he was "all alone (poor me) in the White House" due to the government shutdown.

The shutdown kicked off Saturday at midnight after Congress could not reach an agreement regarding the $5 billion in funding Trump wants to build a border wall.

Trump has refused to sign a funding bill that does not include money to build the wall, and for months has threatened a government shutdown if he doesn't get what he wants.

I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!

Despite not getting to spend the holiday in Mar-a-Lago as originally planned, the president found some time to spread Christmas cheer...and doubt.

On Christmas Eve, he and the first lady answered calls from children who were awaiting Santa's arrival.

During one phone call with a 7-year-old referred to as Coleman, Trump asked the child — who was calling to ask how close Santa was — whether he still believes in Santa Claus.

Donald Trump, answering phone call from 7-year-old on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it's marginal, right?"

"Hello, is this Coleman?" the president said. "Merry Christmas. How are you? How old are you? ... Are you doing well in school?"

"Are you still a believer in Santa?" he continued. "'Cause at 7 it's marginal, right?"

Naturally, the clip went viral, with a lot of people saying the president had ruined this kid's Christmas.

No other president has had the guts to ruin a kid's Christmas just hours before they think Santa is arriving. This is what sets Trump apart. https://t.co/eywz69uuXK

The one time he tells the truth it’s to tell a 7 yo there’s no Santa #MAGA https://t.co/vA5ewdKzyD

And that was just Christmas Eve.

On Christmas morning, Trump reiterated to pool reporters that he won't reopen the government until funding is approved for the border wall, which by the way, is going to be "very high."

“Now there may be the case of an Olympic champion who can get over the wall but for the most part you are not able to do it," he said.

During a photo op to call the troops for Christmas, Trump also went off on an out-of-the-blue tangent about his firing of former FBI director James Comey.

At Christmas morning photo opp to call troops, Trump gives long defense of the wall and then veers, unprompted, into a discussion of firing Jim Comey.

"I fired him and everybody said, 'Why did you fire him, why did you fire him?' ... Literally the day before I fired him, they were saying he should be fired," Trump said.

He also rehashed the Russia probe, saying there's been "no collusion" by his administration.

"After two years, no collusion... There has been collusion but it's been by the Democrats," Trump said.

Trump, after railing on Comey, says: "It’s a disgrace what’s happening in this country. But other than that, I wish everybody a merry Christmas."

The president concluded his Comey talk and offered his very on-brand Christmas well wishes.

"It’s a disgrace what’s happening in this country," he said. "But other than that, I wish everybody a merry Christmas."

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