Donald Trump was in the eye of the world for the duration of his 4-year presidency.
His family, including former First Lady Melania Trump, and children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr, shared much of the spotlight, all playing crucial roles in the White House. Yet his youngest son, Barron Trump, wasn’t seen so much.
The 14-year-old lived in the White House with his parents during the last four years, but little is known of him. To compound the air of secrecy, he wasn’t allowed to speak in public during his father’s presidency.
This is all you need to know about Donald Trump’s youngest son, Barron.
There are few 14-year-olds as famous as Barron Trump. But even though the boy is known all over the world, you rarely see him alongside his father, Donald Trump.
As opposed to the other celebrity children, Donald and Melania Trump have been keen on keeping Barron’s life more private. Being the child of a president, as well as business mogul and TV personality like Donald Trump, could be seen as something of a job of sorts in itself.
However, it’s important to remember that no matter how famous a parent, grandparent or sibling is, the world has a duty to respect a child’s right to privacy. In that vein, Donald and Melania Trump endeavored to make sure that Barron’s childhood has been as normal as possible, and that he hasn’t been hounded by TV cameras and reporters.
Now, due partially to a journalistic convention of respecting the privacy of children of the president of the United States, not much is known about Barron Trump and his life.
Barron is now 14 years of age, and for most of his father’s presidency, he’s been living in the White House. However, he hasn’t been able to do exactly what he wants, with his mother Melania making sure that he never spoke in public without her prior approval.
He wasn’t even in attendance when Donald Trump gave his last speech as president. But why?
Time to clear up a few things about Barron Trump!
Donald Trump – children
First, let’s take a look at Barron’s siblings. He has two half-brothers and two half-sisters from two of Donald Trump’s earlier marriages. Donald Jr was born in 1977, Ivanka in 1981 and Eric arrived in 1984.
Donald Trump and ex-wife Ivana divorced in 1992, but it didn’t take long before the future – and now former – president was married again. One year later, in 1993, he married Marla Maples. Together, they had a daughter, Tiffany.
Following their divorce in 1999, Donald Trump would go on to be married once again. In 2006, he married Melania Trump.
Melania gave birth to son Barron that same year, and 10 years later, in 2016, Barron would become the first boy to live in the White House for over 50 years.
But we’ll get to that in a minute. Several of Donald’s children, including Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr, have been involved in his presidency, working closely with their father and his staff.
They have found themselves in the spotlight, doing interviews, press conferences and appearances on television almost every night.
But 14-year-old Barron has been kept away from the searing gaze of the world. Instead, he’s been able to focus on his own life, with parents Donald and Melania wanting him to have the privacy every child is entitled to.
Barron Trump – childhood
Barron Trump was born March 20, 2006, in New York City. Much of his childhood was spent growing up in Trump Tower in Manhattan, where he was said to have an entire floor to himself.
It will come as no surprise that Donald Trump’s net worth is truly staggering, and as a result, Barron grew up in a world of luxury.
Speaking with Parenting, mother Melania Trump revealed that Barron loved planes and helicopters as a young child. She always made sure to cook his breakfast, as well as prepare his lunch. Even though they had a very luxurious lifestyle, they didn’t have a traditional nanny.
“Barron is 9 years old. He needs somebody as a parent there, so I am with him all the time,” Melania said in a 2015 People interview. “As you know my husband is traveling all the time.”
“We keep it down to a minimum,” Trump added. “If you have too much help, you don’t get to know your children.”
Melania revealed that Barron was very much into creating things as a young boy, and his mother was supportive of that. Barron was said to even draw on the walls.
“In his space, the décor style of the rest of our home is mixed with what he is into: planes and helicopters,” Melania told Parenting, as quoted by Metro.
“We let him be creative; let his imagination fly and do whatever he wants. Whatever he wants to do with his own room later on, he can do it. Whatever he wants to do with his own room he can do it. He draws on the walls, we can paint it over.”
Raised by Melania
“When he was smaller, he started drawing on the walls,” she added. “His imagination is growing and important. He draws on the walls in his playroom, we can paint it over. One day he was playing bakery and he wrote ‘Barron’s Bakery’ on the wall with crayons. He is very creative, if you say to a child ‘no, no, no,’ where does the creativity go?”
Growing up, his mother Melania was was closest to Barron. Donald worked plenty, and he explained to Larry King in 2005 that he was a fairly hands-off parent.
“I’m not going to be doing the diapers,” Trump said. “I’m not going to be making the food, I may never even see the kids.”
All the same, Barron loves spending time with his dad. When Barron was growing up, Melania made sure that Barron got quality time with his father, and the two oftentimes went out for dinner together. As he grew older, Barron also joined his father on the golf course.
“It’s very important to know the person you’re with. And we know our roles,” Melania explained.
Ever since he was a young child, Barron’s mother took the time to help him with his homework.
Barron Trump – Slovenian heritage
He loved science and math, and Melania made sure to take him to different activities after school, encouraging him to reach for the stars.
“He wants to be a golfer, a businessman, a pilot. It’s that age when you introduce him to stuff,” she says.
Melania Trump is of Slovenian descent. Because of that, she raised Barron to be bilingual, and when he calls his grandmother in Slovenia, he speaks Slovenian.
Both her and Donald Trump agree that the more languages you speak, the better. His father told Larry King that he “loves” that Barron speaks with a Slovenian accent. One can assume these days that the accent is gone, since he’s gone to school in the US.
So where did Barron Trump go to school? A wild guess is that after his high school graduation, he will, just as many other Trump family members, head to one of the more prestigious schools.
Barron Trump – school
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, Melania decided that she and Barron would stay in New York City for about six months so he could finish up his school year, several media outlets reported.
“It’s Melania who wants to stay. She doesn’t want to take Barron out of school,” an unnamed source told the New York Daily News. “She’s concerned that he won’t have the same relationship with new teachers that he has at Columbia Prep.”
Barron Trump went to the prestigious Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School – a two-century old, non-secular private school – in New York City.
When finished with school in “The Big Apple”, Barron and Melania headed for the White House. Barron then became the first boy to live in the White House since JFK Jr.
Barack Obama, George Bush Jr and Bill Clinton – the three most recent presidents – have been fathers to only girls. Other presidents since JFK have had sons, though they’ve all been adult and lived outside of the White House.
Made history in the White House
When Barron moved into the White House, he also became the first presidential child to attend St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Every president’s child over the last 35 years has attended Sidwell Friends instead.
Melania praised the school for “its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence.” Since Joe Biden was elected, Melania has been looking at new schools in Florida. According to Yahoo, Barron might enrol at the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale.
During Donald Trump’s presidency, Barron Trump wasn’t seen that often. He’s was mostly spotted traveling with his parents, boarding and leaving Air Force One or his father’s helicopter.
Oftentimes, those occasions have been in connection with the Trump family returning or leaving for their holiday trips to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. That’s also where Donald Trump and his family decided to travel following his last day in the White House.
Barron Trump has always been interested in sports. However, his father wasn’t too keen on letting his son play football.
Not happy about Barron playing football
In a CBS Interview, Trump said that football was a dangerous sport, considering the risks of getting head injuries.
“If he wanted to? Yes. Would I steer him that way? No, I wouldn’t,” Trump said.
“I hate to say it because I love to watch football. I think the NFL is a great product, but I really think that as far as my son – well, I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So it’s not totally unique, but I would have a hard time with it,” Trump added, saying that Barron is more interested in soccer anyway.
Melania Trump was very clear throughout their time in the White House that she is keen on protecting her son from scrutiny, especially since being the president’s son can be a demanding thing.
In April of 2018, however, he had made a rare public appearance at the annual White House Egg Roll.
Barron Trump – rare appearances
Barron wasn’t even in attendance when Donald Trump gave his last speech at Joint Base Andrews. Present for the speech were Trumps other children, Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, Trump Jr., his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, Tiffany Trump, who was with her new new fiancé, Michael Boulos, and Eric Trump with his wife Lara Trump.
According to People, Barron was already onboard Air Force One, before the Trump family left for Florida.
Melania took care of statements
Being the son of the president means having your every move tracked. That’s why Melania Trump has been very keen on not letting Barron issue statements of his own.
Instead, all communication go through Melania, as well as her office of communications.
A good example of that was in June of 2020, when a media controversy involving Food Network host John Hanson happened. At that point, it was Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham who responded on both her and Barron’s behalf.
Barron Trump is 29 years younger than his youngest half-sibling. He sure has a special – but privileged – life ahead of him, and we’ll definitely be hearing more about him in the future.
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