Happy birthday, Mr. President.
President Donald Trump turns 72-years-old today and while he likes to be superlative at everything he does, he is not the oldest sitting president. President Ronald Reagan was 73-years-old when he began his second term in 1985.
It’s not known how the president will spend his birthday but he has no public events scheduled. He has, however, already blown out the candles. Officials in Singapore surprised the president with a birthday cake at lunch on Monday while he was in the country for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong un. Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vivian Balakrishnan, tweeted a photo on Monday of a smiling Trump with a fruit-topped birthday cake: “Celebrating birthday, a bit early.”
Trump’s first presidential birthday was marred by the shooting of Republican Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip, on a baseball field during practice for the annual Congressional baseball game for charity. Trump spent much of the day responding to the shooting, holding a press conference where he called Scalise a patriot and fighter and assured the country that Scalise would recover from the assault.
The president may never have celebrated a birthday in Florida but he was reminded of the sunshine state on this 59th birthday in 2005, when then Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist presented Trump with a birthday cake in the shape of Florida during a fundraiser Trump held for Crist in Manhattan.