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Twitter Notices That Melania Trump Towers Over Putin (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

When U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, there was one thing everybody couldn't help but notice: not only was Trump far taller than the Russian leader -- so was Melania.

The interactions and photo ops occurred when the first couple visited Europe for the G-20 Summit, notes Independent Journal Review. Putin and Melania had dinner together July 7, according to many internet users, she positively dwarfed him.

IJR estimates that Melania stands 5-foot-11. At the meeting, she was wearing sizeable stiletto high heels that added several inches to her height and made her almost as tall as her husband, who is well over six feet tall.

According to IJR, Putin is 5-foot-6, although other publications have estimated different figures. Express posited in 2015 that he is between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-5 in a report stating that he is notoriously self-conscious about his diminutive stature to the point that he has issued a set of rules to ensure that nobody around him is taller than him in official photos.

"That’s why his bodyguards are always shorter than he is, to give the impression Putin is a tall person," a source close to the Kremlin told Express.

Women are typically asked not to wear high heels when they meet him at the Russian capital, although this doesn't always come to fruition.

When Putin met with the former fashion model, Twitter had a field day at the height discrepancy.

"When you forgot to ask his height on Tinder," one Russian Facebook user captioned a photo of the two.

Another said that Putin should get stilettos like Melania, while one Twitter user compared the two to the scene from "The Wizard of Oz," in which Dorothy meets the Munchkins.

 

Regardless of the size difference, most lauded the exchanges between Putin and the Trumps. In fact, Gallup found that the U.S. president's approval ratings went up from 37 percent to 39 percent following the conference, notes AOL News.

"We may agree or disagree with the particulars, but we want our president to show leadership and be at a presidential level, and I thought we saw more of that [at the meeting]," CNN's David Gergen said, according to AOL. "I think we should be encouraged by that."

Gergen added that the U.S. leader "seemed presidential" during the meeting and brought U.S. politics "back to normal life for the first time" since the election.

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