The tradition, which began with a phone line mix-up in 1955, continued this year despite the ongoing government shutdown.
In a Christmas Eve call with a young child Monday night, Trump asked a 7-year-old named Coleman whether he or she still believes in Santa Claus, saying that was a "marginal" age for knowing the truth. The Google Santa Tracker is back to help us all get delivery estimates on those Christmas gifts and chimney visits.
CONAD monitored a far-flung radar network for signs of a nuclear attack on the US.
Some of those calls were patched through to Mr Trump and his wife, and thanks to pool reporter Kevin Diaz, we know some of what the president said.
The colonel quickly realised what had happened and played along. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's operations "hotline".
Many kids will be eager to know where St. Nick head first to, from the North Pole and to help them get live tracking information, the search engine giant Google and the United States government-run North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) command have made arrangements to keep a tab on his tour. Mrs. Trump asked another child. On Google Maps, leading up to Christmas Eve, Santa will even "share" his location with you as the evening progresses.
While working on Christmas Eve keeps technicians away from family and friends, it is still a mission they look forward to.
Follow along with Santa's global journey at www.noradsanta.org or by calling 1-877-HI-NORAD. "Call me direct and be sure and dial the correct number", the advertisement said.
Shoup reassured them that Father Christmas had taken off from the North Pole and was delivering presents to children around the world.
It may have been an inconvenience at the time, but it sparked an annual tradition that was taken over by NORAD in 1958. "I'm really excited", he said.