In an interview with Sean Hannity, President Trump made a claim about Michael Bloomberg:

You know now he wants a box for the debates, to stand on.

the implication being that he wanted to make himself appear taller during the 2020 Democratic Party presidential debates.

Is it true that Bloomberg asked for a box?

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    When Trump says "now he wants a box for the debates," he could mean that Bloomberg simply wants to participate in the debates (while simultaneously taking a jab at Bloomberg's height). I don't think Bloomberg ever publicly asked for a literal box behind his podium.
    – awells
    Feb 7, 2020 at 21:37
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    It's actually pretty common that candidates ask to be raised to the same height as others in a debate like this. Dukakis asked for it and got it in the debates again George H W Bush in 1988. Castro did it in the Democratic primaries. To be fair, if the podiums are the same height (and they are) it's not an unreasonable request. Feb 10, 2020 at 15:56

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There is no evidence of such asking. And the campaign has flatly confirmed that it won't so ask.

It seems Bloomberg used a box, or some sort of podium enhancement during his mayoralty and his inauguration.

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