Inside Barron Trump’s relationship with his older siblings

While the world knows the youngest Trump sibling’s name as Barron Trump, little else seems to be known about him. Still, one can get a very brief glimpse of Barron’s life just by looking at his relationships with the eldest Trump siblings. In order of birth, they include Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, and Tiffany Trump, according to Business Insider.

Barron’s mother is, of course, ex-model Melania Trump née Knauss. However, only the three eldest Trump siblings – Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric – share the same biological mother, namely Ivana Trump née Zelníčková, who was married to Donald Trump from April 1977 to March 1992. One of the more quiet Trumps, Tiffany, and Barron’s second oldest sibling, was the product of Donald and Marla Maples’ brief marriage, which lasted from 1993 to 1999, according to People.

But being the youngest child of such a powerful dynasty can come with great privileges and challenges. How close are the Trumps when it comes to family? Here’s everything you need to know about Barron Trump’s relationship with his older siblings.

He attends family events away from the spotlight

Barron Trump was born on March 20, 2006. The only child conceived in the union of Donald and Melania, its existence has long been hidden from cameras, along with the rest of the world. During his young life, the youngest Trump’s public appearances were sporadic at best.

Still, as a toddler, Barron would perform every year with his mother – and occasionally his father – at the annual Bunny Hop event at New York’s FAO Schwartz. In 2010, he even starred in a CNN Larry King Live family special, in which the four-year-old was described by his proud father as a future businessman and professional golfer.

As noted by Town & Country, in 2018, Barron was spotted attending the annual White House spring bun along with many of his older siblings and various nieces and nephews. However, he did not seem too comfortable with the public event, preferring to watch rather than participate in the proceedings. Still, by all appearances, the youngest Trump sibling appeared to be having a good time. By all accounts, he’s apparently been sheltered from the limelight over the years — and perhaps more so than his older siblings of a similar age.

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Donald Trump Jr. defended his younger sibling

So, how exactly does Barron relate to his much older siblings? You don’t have to look much further than the eldest of the Trump children, Donald Trump, Jr. Born December 31, 1977 to Donald and Ivana Trump, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization leads the Trump siblings. As the first of the Trump children to grow up not only in the spotlight but in their father’s shadow, Donald Jr. could be the perfect role model for Barron.

While some are inclined to assume that the mythical punch that occurred between Barron and his eldest brother at the 2016 Republican Convention was a showcase for the bond between the two Trump children, the moment could have been read more like a photograph. op as a moment between close siblings. Especially since there have been few social media posts with the couple since then.

Still, two years later, Donald Jr. defended his younger sibling during a Twitter beef with actor Peter Fonda. While criticizing the then-president’s highly controversial family separation policy, the “Easy Rider” star wrote a inflammatory tweet (via The New York Times) in which he suggested that Barron be torn away from his mother and, like some children under the directive, into one cage should be thrown . Fonda deleted the post and apologized. Separately, Donald Jr. responded by tweeting, “Rather than attacking an 11-year-old like a bully and coward, why not choose someone a little taller?”

Ivanka is a protective older sister

Then there’s Barron’s oldest sister, Ivanka. The second child from Trump’s marriage to Ivana, Donald Trump’s former presidential adviser, was born on October 30, 1981. By all reports, her relationship with Barron appears to be very similar to that of her older brother, Donald Jr.

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In January 2017, during then-President Donald Trump’s first signing of the bill, Barron was seen playing cuckoo with Ivanka’s young son Theodore right behind his father’s back. Taking to Twitter, Donald’s second child expressed her appreciation for Barron’s loving moment, writing of the moment, “My youngest brother is proving he’s a baby whisperer.”

Like Donald Jr., Ivanka issued a public statement later that year defending her younger sister against critics. In an episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” (via People), she addressed the mockery directed at the then 11-year-old White House resident for his decision to wear casual clothes on Air Force One. “He’s a little boy trying his best to acclimatize to a surreal environment,” she said. “…Barron should be taboo.”

Do Eric and Barron have a big relationship?

Unfortunately, not much can be said about the relationship between Barron and Eric Trump, the youngest of the Ivana Trump siblings. Born January 6, 1984, and yet another executive vice president of the Trump Organization, Eric’s public interactions with his youngest sibling were extremely limited. And while Donald Jr. and Ivanka’s children have had some healthy interactions with Barron, there’s not much documentation that he’s also had similar interactions with Eric’s two children, born in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

Meanwhile, Barron seems much closer to his half-sister, Tiffany Trump. Born on October 13, 1993, to Donald Trump and Marla Maples, he is the closest, at least in age, to Donald Trump’s youngest daughter. Not being part of the Ivana sibling clique, Tiffany and Barron also had so much in common. But with siblings so older and age so young, Barron was pretty much an only child when he and his mother, Melania, finally moved into the White House in 2017.

Tiffany and Barron Trump appear to be close

Even if Barron Trump wandered lonely through the rose gardens of the White House on some evenings, he still had a sibling in the neighborhood. During Donald Trump’s presidency, Tiffany Trump attended Georgetown University in Washington DC. During her tenure there, the South China Morning Post reported that Tiffany stopped by Barron’s often. In 2020, she even gave him a birthday greeting on Instagram, writing, “Happy 14th birthday to the best ‘little’ brother I could ever wish for!” Another Instagram post followed a year later, celebrating the birthday of her younger siblings, this time with a cute throwback picture of the two laughing together with a giant Minnie Mouse plush toy.

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So why the near-nonexistent relationship with the older Trump siblings? Rumors indicate that there could be tensions within the family. Per CNN, in 2019, the book “Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography” speculated that there had been long-standing tensions between Donald Trump’s wife and his eldest daughter Ivanka (a spokesman for Melania told the outlet the two always maintain have a close relationship).

In 2017, Newsweek released new archive footage from an episode of “The Howard Stern Show,” in which Donald Trump appeared to imply that Ivanka and Donald Jr. weren’t happy when Barron was born. Why? Because their legacy would be diminished with the arrival of another Trump. If that’s true, it’s not hard to imagine Melania keeping a steady hand on Barron’s shoulder.

Barron Trump is growing up

Melania Trump clearly intends to protect her son from the prying eyes of the world. In 2018, she told CBS that Barron still had no social media presence whatsoever, explaining simply, “I teach him what’s right and what’s wrong … He has no interest in it [social media]. He’s really into sports.”

Melania appears to be active in raising her son and seems determined to make an appropriate impact on Barron’s life. For example, when he was a baby, she and Donald Trump refused to rely too much on nannies, and her husband told People, “If you have too much help, you don’t get to know your kids.” Meanwhile, in 2015 , she told Parenting.com (via Insider) that her son is her absolute priority. “I’m a full-time mom, this is my first job,” she said. “Most important job ever. I started my business when he started school.” Now that Barron is a teenager, Melania’s only son may come into his own for years to come. How that will affect his relationship with his older siblings remains to be seen.