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Melania Trump reveals son Barron, 18, resigned as delegate to nominate his father for president because he has ‘prior commitments’


Barron Trump is turning down Florida’s bid to be a delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer, citing «prior commitments,» according to his mother’s office.

Melania Trump’s office released a statement to DailyMail.com on behalf of her son.

«While Barron is honored to be selected as a delegate by the Republican Party of Florida, he unfortunately declined to attend due to prior commitments,» Melania Trump’s office said.

No further details were given.

On Wednesday, 18-year-old Barron was elected as a relief delegate at large to formally name his father Donald Trump as a republican presidential candidate.

It is now unclear whether he will even attend the convention, which takes place in Milwaukee from Monday July 15th to Thursday July 18th.

«While Barron is honored to be selected as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he unfortunately declines to attend due to prior commitments,» Melania Trump’s office told DailyMail.com.

Other Family Members – Don Jr. and his fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump and her husband Michael Boulos – are also delegates at large for the state of Florida.

Ivanka Trump, who served as her father’s senior White House adviser, was the only Trump child not on the delegate list.

Unlike his half-siblings, Barron Trump was rarely seen during his father’s time in the White House, mainly at the request of his mother Melania, who is known to be protective of her son.

She rarely let Barron attend official White House events while she was first lady. Additionally, she had Barron travel in a separate car – instead of the Beast – when he rode in the presidential motorcade. The devoted mother made sure he was buckled up in his SUV.

She also had Barron board Air Force One on the back steps of the plane to avoid photos of him climbing the front steps with his parents.

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The former first lady used her own presence to show her support or displeasure with her husband. She attended his announcement at Mar-a-Lago that he would make another presidential bid, but was not there on Super Tuesday night, when Trump effectively blocked the Republican presidential nomination.

Barron was not present at any of the above political events.

Melania Trump is known to be a protective mother to her son Barron, who was 10 years old when his father became president;  above straightens his tie on inauguration day

Melania Trump is known to be a protective mother to her son Barron, who was 10 years old when his father became president; above straightens his tie on inauguration day

Previously, Barron had been the target of trolls on social media.

Former NBC News executive Mike Sington said Barron was ‘fair game’, turning 18, the birthday that marks adulthood. He later deleted the tweet after facing heavy backlash and criticism online.

The youngest Trump was defended by many of his former first children, including Chelsea Clinton.

«I think he’s a private citizen,» she told ABC’s The View. «I feel so strongly that if you’re a private citizen, you have an inviolable right to privacy, and I think the media should leave him alone.»

And last year, a Chicago woman was arrested for making death threats against Barron.

«He likes politics. It’s pretty funny,» Trump told Kayal and Company on Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT of his son Barron.

Friday’s shock announcement comes after Donald Trump revealed that Barron likes politics and likes to give his father advice.

«He was a really great student. And he likes politics. It’s pretty funny,» the former president of «Kayal and Company» said on Philadelphia’s Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

«Sometimes he says to me, ‘Dad, you have to do this,'» he added.

Trump also revealed that the 18-year-old, who is graduating next week, is considering which college to attend. But he noted that campus protests were a factor in the decision.

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“He is now a high school student and will be going to college. And you know, a lot, a lot of these college picks are changing because you see what’s been happening over the last month,» Trump said.

Trump criticized the pro-Palestinian protests that have appeared on college campuses across the country. He told Time magazine that he would call the National Guard on them.

Barron is considering NYU, the Daily Beast reported, but the school has seen its share of protesters and NYPD arrests. The Trump family has not announced where Barron will go.

The former president also praised his 6ft7in son’s looks.

“It’s a little on the higher side. I’ll tell you he’s tall, but he’s a nice guy,» Trump said.

The former president spent Friday in a Manhattan courtroom, where New York is still prosecuting him over a classified payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Daniels testified in court this week talking about her sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. She claimed Trump told her he and Melania had separate bedrooms.

Trump denied the affair.

Then-President Donald Trump, center, waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump on the South Lawn in November 2019

Then-President Donald Trump, center, waves as he walks with first lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump on the South Lawn in November 2019

Barron has never been in public with his half-siblings — over Don Jr., Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump

Barron has never been in public with his half-siblings — over Don Jr., Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany Trump

Reports of Barron’s interest in politics appeared to be confirmed Wednesday when the Florida Republican Party selected him to join his older siblings as the state’s at-large delegate.

The only requirement to be a delegate is to live and vote in the state. Barron, who turned 18 in March, will be able to cast his first ballots in the August primary and November election.

Barron will graduate from Oxbridge Academy in suburban West Palm Beach next week.

That day – May 17 – will be a busy one for Donald Trump.

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He is also scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Minnesota.

Barron’s graduation is in the morning, so it’s possible Trump could attend both events.

It’s unclear what Barron’s plans are after high school.

But sources have told DailyMail.com that the 6ft 7in teen, who has never said a word in public, is a staunch supporter of the Trump 2024 campaign behind the scenes.

Barron was at his father’s 2016 presidential announcement and attended the 2016 and 2020 Republican National Conventions.

He wasn’t at his father’s 2024 announcement at Mar-a-Lago.

Barron Trump, seen walking from Marine One in August 2020, has developed a taste for politics and will be a delegate for Florida at the Republican National Convention.

Barron Trump, seen walking from Marine One in August 2020, has developed a taste for politics and will be a delegate for Florida at the Republican National Convention.

Barron Trump (center) with mom Melania (left) and siblings Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany as Donald Trump is sworn in as president in January 2017 - he was just 10 when his father became president

Barron Trump (center) with mom Melania (left) and siblings Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany as Donald Trump was sworn in as president in January 2017 – he was just 10 when his father became president

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump exit Air Force One in February 2020

President Donald Trump and his son Barron Trump exit Air Force One in February 2020

Barron Trump with his parents Donald and Melania on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in August 2020

Barron Trump with his parents Donald and Melania on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in August 2020

In Trump’s last two White House campaigns, Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka were heavily involved — speaking at their father’s rallies and campaigning for him. Tiffany joined her siblings in the 2020 campaign, but Barron stayed out of the picture.

He was only 10 years old when his father became president.

Barron, who turned 18 last month, returned to the spotlight with Donald Trump’s hushed trial when the former president argued that he should be granted a break in the trial to attend Barron Trump’s May 17 graduation.

Judge Juan Merchan agreed to allow a mistrial.



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