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Here are 5 fast birthday facts to mark President Trump turning 72 today

In between forging his new relationship with North Korea, perhaps mending fences with his allies in Canada and elsewhere, and awaiting word on what the Justice Department might have to say about the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, President Trump may try to squeeze in time to blow out some birthday candles.

That’s because the president turns 72 today.

To commemorate the occasion, we put together five fast facts on most "senior" man to be elected to the highest U.S. post — the 45th in all:

• Trump was the oldest president to be elected to his first term. He was 70 years, 220 days old on the day of his inauguration in 2017, eclipsing Ronald Reagan who was 69 years, 349 days on his inauguration day in 1981.

• Of the 45 presents in U.S. history, only two have been born in June. Trump shares that distinction with George H.W. Bush, who turned 94 just two days ago, on June 12. (Bush, by the way, is the oldest surviving president, and is just shy of four months older than Jimmy Carter).

• Trump, a New York City native, is the fifth president to be born in the Empire State. Franklin D. Roosevelt, born in Hyde Park in 1882, was the most recent. He was preceded by Theodore Roosevelt (1858, New York City), Millard Fillmore (1800, Summerhill) and Martin Van Buren (1782, Kinderhook).

• Trump is the third president in four to be born in 1946, joining Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Trump is the oldest, eclipsing "Dubya" by three weeks (July 6) and Clinton by just over two months (Aug. 19). Of course, youngster Barack Obama (Aug. 4, 1961) broke the streak.

• Trump already has exceeded the average life expectancy of all the previous presidents. The 44 commanders in chief before him lived to an average of 71.1 years old, and while the current surviving presidents average 77 years of age —bouyed by George H.W. Bush and Carter — the presidents who have passed away lived to be an average of 70.4 years old.

Friends and supporters marked the occasion with tributes on Twitter:

While others were not quite as festive:

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