Primary documentation from government sources -- his draft card in 1964 and
his drivers license in 2012 -- gives
Trump's height as 6 feet 2 inches.
And, during debates in the 2016 presidential campaign, it was apparent
that another debater, former Gov. Jeb Bush (6 feet 3 inches), is taller than Trump
Thus, there is no doubt that Trump is 6 feet 2 inches tall (at most).
Since announcing his presidential candidacy, however, Trump
has claimed he is 6 feet 3 inches tall and his physicians have acquiesced
. Why the discrepancy?
Speculations in 2016, when Trump weighed 236 pounds, noted that he would be
classified as "obese" if he were 6'2'', but would be classified as merely
"overweight" if he were 6'3'' 2
Gaining to 243 pounds in early 2019,
Trump now rates as obese even if he were 6 feet 3 inches tall.
He has stated (2016) that "the one thing I would like to do is be able to
drop 15, 20 pounds. It would be good." 3
Speculations that Trump's disclosed weight far below his actual weight were known as
the "girther" conspiracy, in mocking reference to the fatuous "birther"
accusations that President Obama
was born outside the United States 4
· · · · ·
His draft card from 1964 states (in box 8) a height of 6' 2'' 5
His 2012 New York state drivers license (obtained from public records of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control through an open-records request,
related to a winery Trump co-owns in central Virginia) also shows a height of 6'2''
Trump continues to claim he is six-three.
- March 2016: After an election opponent says he has small hands and is six-two,
Trump responds "He said I had small hands. Actually I'm 6'3'' not 6'2''.
They're not small, are they?" 7
- January 2019: At least three photographs on Trump's Facebook and Instagram sites
have been altered to make him thinner. This was deduced by comparing the photos
to the originals from White House sources
8. (One photo was also altered to make his
It may seem hard to believe, in the face of so many statements from Trump, that he is not
six-three, but repetition of inaccuracies is his way, as illustrated in this quote unrelated to
His repeated claims, for example, that he actually won the popular vote --
is immutable and has had a "numbing effect" on people who work with him, said
Tony Schwartz, his ghostwriter on The Art of the Deal
"He wears you down," Mr. Schwartz said.