Trump admin issues permits to Santa, reindeer to travel into the US on Christmas

The Trump administration said Monday it issued official movement permits to Santa Claus and his nine reindeer so they could legally enter and exit “any border port” in the U.S. to deliver Christmas gifts.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it gave the permit to a “Mr. S. Nicholas Claus of the North Pole, a broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited.” The permit will allow reindeer to enter and exit the U.S. for a total of 24 hours between Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, according to a press release.

“With a growing world population, Mr. Claus will have his busiest Christmas yet,” USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement. “At USDA, we want to ensure we are not hindering Mr. Claus’ important work of spreading Christmas Cheer for all to hear.”

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