US Air Force Tweets Santa Isn't Real

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The incident began when a Twitter feud arose between two rival Air Force bases from North Dakota and Missouri.

It ran a story with this headline: "Air Force confirms Santa Claus isn't real while chiding quarreling bases on Twitter".

The U.S. Air Force is trying to make its way back onto Santa's nice list after firing off a pair of naughty tweets claiming the big man in red isn't real.

Tweets from the official Air Force account said that if the two bases couldn't get along, Santa Claus will "bring you nothing this year because he isn't real!"

2017 has been what some might call a "real doozy" of a year, but it's still got some brutal surprises up its sleeve.

- U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) October 25, 2017Alright that's it!

The Air Force traditionally operates a "Santa tracker" that tracks the imaginary father of Christmas' movements as he delivers presents around the globe on Christmas Eve.

The Air Force also threatened to take away the bases' television privileges for a week.

NORAD or the North American Aerospace Defense Command is behind the fun, and it relies on satellites, radar and fighter jets to follow Santa on his magical journey. It then claimed it had been "bluffing" in order to get the feuding bases "in line".

Several US government agencies have previously acknowledged the existence of Santa, including the Department of Transportation, which approves his flight plans.

And while the current commander in chief, President Donald Trump, has yet to weigh in on the Santa issue, he has been vocal in his support for the Christmas holiday, urging people to reject the "happy holidays" greeting in favor of saying "merry Christmas".



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