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Accuracy of Donald Trump’s medical report and height questioned

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Published Jan 19, 2018, 2:53 am IST
Updated Jan 19, 2018, 2:53 am IST
Donald Trump
 Donald Trump

Washington: Donald Trump’s surprisingly glowing medical report has led to questions about the accuracy of some of the data announced by White House physician Dr Ronny Jackson on Tuesday — including how a man in his 70s has apparently grown an inch in height, The Guardian reported.

Mr Trump’s driving licence, issued in May 2012, stated his height as 6ft 2in. Yet according to the report issued by the White House physician on Tuesday, Mr Trump is 6ft 3in. The seeming growth spurt led to people comparing images of Mr Trump to celebrities who are allegedly of the same height.

One image showed Mr Trump standing next to former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, who is 6ft 3in. Rodriguez looked considerably taller. A photo of Mr Trump next to Barack Obama, taken one year ago at Mr Trump’s inauguration, seemed to show that the pair were of the same height. Obama is 6ft 1in.

Eyebrows were also raised at Mr Trump’s stated weight. His weight of 239lb was just 1lb under him being classed as obese. The intrigue over the President’s body mass was fuelled by people sharing a series of photos of athletes who are also said to weigh around 239lb. 

The comparisons included NFL quarterback Jay Cutler and Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray, both of whom weigh around 235lb. The athletes both looked significantly different from Mr Trump.

Mr Trump’s suggested weight and body circumference has given rise to the “girther” movement, and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn offered to pay $1,00,000 to a charity of Mr Trump’s choosing if the President would publicly step on a weighing scale. 

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