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Melania Trump speaks to children who call NORAD's Santa Tracker


Melania Trump will continue her annual tradition of calling on NORAD's Santa Tracker, marking the Christmas tradition for her final time as First Lady.

"First Lady Melania Trump, as is her tradition, will work with NORAD each year to track Santa Claus with children across the country as he travels the world delivering gifts," East Wing chief of staff Stephanie Grisham told DailyMail.com in a statement.

Melania Trump is with President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago, where the first couple will spend the holiday season with other family members.

It's unclear whether President Trump will join her in the calls made on Christmas Eve, when children follow Santa's journey while they wait for their presents.

It's not listed on the president's public schedule for Thursday, but the document noted that Trump was working hard for the American people, even as he started the day on his golf course.

It also said that President Trump was on the phone but did not say whether the NORAD Santa Tracker was on the call sheet.

& # 39; As the holiday season approaches, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American people. His schedule includes many meetings and calls, ”read the note at the end of Thursday's schedule.

First Lady Melania Trump will be calling NORAD's Santa Tracker from the Trump house in Mar-a-Lago on Christmas Eve

Earlier this month, Melania Trump read a Christmas story at Children & # 39; s National Hospital, another annual tradition for First Ladies

Earlier this month, Melania Trump read a Christmas story at Children & # 39; s National Hospital, another annual tradition for First Ladies

Melania Trump joined the Marines for their annual Toy for Tots ride in December

Melania Trump joined the Marines for their annual Toy for Tots ride in December

The first lady called into the tracker from Mar-a-Lago last year to contact the children. Photos from the event were posted on their social media.

President Trump has not been part of the tradition since 2018 when he risked blowing the Christmas magic for a seven-year-old by asking, “Do you still believe in Santa Claus? Because it's marginal at seven, isn't it? & # 39;

The Secret Service was also in the Christmas spirit this year, announcing it was giving Santa Claus – whom they codenamed & # 39; Big Red & # 39; gave – would give a special security detail.

"BREAKING NEWS: On Monday, December 21, 2020, the director of US intelligence announced the activation of protection for visiting dignitary S. Claus, code-named Big Red," tweeted the agency.

President Trump has not participated in NORAD Santa Tracker calls since 2018 (above) when he risked blowing the Christmas spell for a seven year old

President Trump has not participated in NORAD Santa Tracker calls since 2018 (above) when he risked blowing the Christmas spell for a seven year old

Melania Trump called the NORAD Santa Tracker from Mar-a-Lago last year

Melania Trump called the NORAD Santa Tracker from Mar-a-Lago last year

The Trumps arrived in Palm Beach on Wednesday night, where they will be vacationing in Mar-a-Lago with family members

The Trumps arrived in Palm Beach on Wednesday night, where they will be vacationing in Mar-a-Lago with family members

The NORAD tracker has been tracking Santa's travels since 1955.

This year one of his first stops was Russia and he continued to Australia, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand and China.

At 10:30 a.m. CET he flew back to Perth via Australia and was on his way to Christmas Island. He had obviously worked hard after delivering over 1.5 billion gifts.

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve.

Individuals can track their whereabouts on the North American Aerospace Defense Command's (NORAD) official Santa Tracker or call toll-free 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).

Santa Claus was spotted wearing a mask on NORAD's tracker as he flies around the world delivering gifts to all the boys and girls who made the good list this year

Santa Claus was spotted wearing a mask on NORAD's tracker as he flies around the world delivering gifts to all the boys and girls who made the good list this year

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve. Pictured flight over Indonesia Thursday

So far, he's on time to arrive in the US between 9 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve. Pictured flight over Indonesia Thursday

Since 1955, the agency has been tracking Santa's whereabouts on Christmas Eve using satellites and radar.

For the remainder of the year, NORAD is responsible for protecting American aircraft and airspace, but every Christmas Eve for the past 65 years, NORAD has put its important work on hold for another matter of global concern – that Santa Claus keeps all his gifts safe and on time supplies.

"The same assets that we use in our 24/7 aerospace warning and aerospace control missions will be used for tracking and escorting (Santa) on December 24," the agency tweeted Thursday.

NORAD activated the tracker on Thursday morning when Santa Claus waved goodbye to his elves in his toy workshop and set off with his mask on to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci told the kids he personally flew to the North Pole to give Santa the COVID vaccine to make sure it was safe for him to deliver presidents.

"I took a trip up there to the North Pole," Fauci told the children last week during a town hall sponsored by CNN and Sesame Street. I went there and vaccinated Santa Claus myself. I've measured his immunity level and he's good to go. … Santa is good to go. & # 39;

The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday gave Santa Claus and his sleigh the "special operating authority" to make deliveries throughout the United States.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo granted Santa Claus a travel waiver on Monday, relieving him of the state's mandatory quarantine rules to ensure he can receive all of his gifts on time.

Cuomo said Santa Claus still needs to wear a mask to do his job safely and prevent the virus from spreading.

"I think you'll still be able to recognize him even though he's wearing a mask because he has a pretty distinctive outfit that he's wearing," Cuomo said.

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