Most of the Trump children have become well-known to the public over the years, but Barron Trump remains a family outlier. The youngest son of President Donald Trump first captivated the eyes of the world late on Election Night when he stood behind his father on the stage while victory was accepted. Barron, of course, looked more sleepy than jubilant on stage, which inadvertently won over the cold hearts of an America that was mostly happy the election cycle was finally over.
Since his father took office Barron has remained largely out of sight, but we’ve managed to learn quite a bit about about America’s new boy-prince. For starters, his pre-White House living situation at Trump Tower was unimaginably sweet. Oh, and his mother used to moisturize his face with caviar — but you probably could have guessed that.
Ready to learn more about this young Simba-like figure? It’s time we get familiar with Barron Trump.
Melania Trump intends to keep Barron Trump out of the spotlight
Since Barron Trump’s official appearances have been limited to traditional first family events like Inauguration Day festivities and the White House Easter Egg Roll, it seems like Donald and Melania Trump intend to uphold the tradition of keeping kids of first families mostly out of the public eye.
In an October 2016 interview with ABC News, Melania actually spelled it out. “I teach him, I explain to him so he knows what’s going on,” she said. “He’s taking very well. I keep him balanced and — just have him a childhood as normal as possible. And he’s enjoying his school and his sports. He’s a great athlete. And I just want to have him — out of the spotlight for now.”
That plan seems to be firmly in place, as of this writing, at least, according to the Washington Examiner which reported in December 2018 that Barron “rarely appears in public with his parents.” Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity around the same time, Melania said that even though Barron isn’t living “a normal life” since the family’s move to Washington D.C., he is “enjoying” it there. She also said her efforts to “protect” him from public scrutiny are required to “give him the childhood he deserves.”
Barron Trump is the first boy to live in the White House in decades
After making his move to Washington, Barron Trump officially become the first boy to grace the halls of the White House in almost 60 years. Yep, the last time America had a “First Boy” was all the way back in 1961, when John F. Kennedy’s son, JFK Jr., moved into the White House when he was just a baby, according to CNN.
And Barron made his entrance to the presidential residence in true Trump fashion, exiting Marine One and strolling across the White House lawn to his new digs while wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words “The Expert.” And here we thought Uncle Jared was the boy wonder of the family.
Does Barron Trump have a nanny?
In a September 2015 interview with People, Donald and Melania Trump insisted they did not use a nanny to help raise Barron Trump. “I like to be hands-on,” Melania told the magazine. “I think it’s very important. Barron is 9 years old. He needs somebody as a parent there, so I am with him all the time. As you know my husband is traveling all the time.”
Days after the interview was published, Donald, in true form, told the New York Post that there was, in fact, a “young woman” who “works with Barron.” Still, to this day, reports describe Melania as being “really devoted” to her son; a source told the Post in November 2016 that Melania is often seen picking up Barron from school. That same source also claimed that Melania had not relied on nannies to help raise her kid. So, who knows what the heck is going on?
Barron Trump is fluent in two languages
Although he reportedly takes after his father, Barron Trump has also inherited his mother’s roots as well. According to a 2016 interview with GQ magazine, Melania Trump revealed that Barron “speaks Slovenian fluently.” In fact, he speaks the language with his grandparents, who lived near Trump Tower, at the time of the interview.
Melania also once bragged to People in 2009 that at just three-years-old, Barron was also speaking French in addition to Slovenian and English. But two years later, during an appearance on The Joy Behar Show, Melania said, “Barron speaks two languages completely perfect. He goes from one thing to another, Slovenian/English.” What happened to French? Was he just not fluent enough to mention it yet? Does Barron Trump own a beret? These are questions of national importance that need an answer.
Barron Trump attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
In the fall of 2017, Barron Trump began his matriculation at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD, which according to The Washington Post costs approximately $40,000 per year. In addition to the school’s prestigious reputation — 100% of its graduates go on to some type of higher education — St. Andrew’s has a range of impressive facilities, including “a 14,000-volume, two-story library … a multipurpose theater/assembly/lunch space that features a stage and light/sound booth; two visual arts studios … a darkroom; two full-size basketball courts; a fitness room; a dance studio; and two full turf fields for softball, baseball, lacrosse and soccer.” Not impressed? There’s more.
According to The 74, St. Andrew’s is “the only school-based center for mind-brain-education science in the country,” meaning part of its curriculum is based on “a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field that aims to translate new developments in neuroscience and psychology into better classroom practices.” Sounds like we could have a second stable genius on our hands.
Barron is the first child of a sitting president to attend St. Andrew’s, though the school does claim other famous alumni, like eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Maybe if Barron plays his cards right, he might end up rich like that guy some day.
Only the finest products touch Barron Trump’s skin
If you needed further proof that Barron Trump isn’t your typical kid, try this one on for size: in 2013, his mother admitted to ABC News that, at the time, she applied her own line of caviar-infused moisturizer to his skin after he took his his nightly bath. “It smells very, very fresh,” Melania Trump said of her Caviar Complex C6 skin care line. “I put it on him from head to toe. He likes it.”
Unfortunately for the two of them, this tradition may have been short-lived; according to Racked, Melania’s skin care line fell apart shortly after its high-profile launch.
You won’t catch Barron Trump wearing sweatpants
As one might expect from someone born into a billion-dollar business family, Barron Trump has been dressing for success pretty much his entire life. He even wore a suit to the launch of his half-sister Ivanka Trump’s book when he was only three and a half years old.
“He’s not a sweatpants child,” Melania Trump said while discussing her son with ABC News in 2013. “He doesn’t mind putting on [a suit]-but not every day- and he likes to dress up in a tie sometimes like Daddy.” But that’s not to say that Barron doesn’t like a little comfort. In fact, he sometimes pairs his prep school uniform with customized New Balance sneakers that reportedly cost $149, according to Footwear News. Yep, you read that right. The Trumps pay $149 for Barron’s sneakers and something called Footwear News actually exists in reality.
Melania Trump calls Barron Trump ‘mini Donald’
Given that he loves to wear suits and moisturize his skin with caviar, it should surprise exactly no one that Melania Trump often refers to her only son as “little Donald” and “mini-Donald.” “He is a very strong-minded, very special, smart boy,” Melania told Parenting (via Redbook). “He is independent and opinionated and knows exactly what he wants. Sometimes I call him little Donald. He is a mixture of us in looks, but his personality is why I call him little Donald.”
“When he was 5 years old, he wanted to be like daddy: a businessman and golfer,” she added later in the interview. “He loves to build something and tear it down and build something else. He is very detailed at drawing. We travel often and he remembers everything he sees. Sometimes later the same day or the next he would build something like he saw or imagine something himself.”
In a 2013 interview with ABC News, Melania again referred to Barron as “mini-Donald,” which if we’re being honest, has to sting a little for Barron’s older half-brother, the actual Donald Jr.
Donald Trump didn’t change Barron Trump’s diapers
In that same interview with Parenting (via Redbook) Melania Trump said of her husband, “He didn’t change diapers and I am completely fine with that. It is not important to me. It’s all about what works for you. It’s very important to know the person you’re with. And we know our roles. I didn’t want him to change the diapers or put Barron to bed. I love every minute of it.”
But that’s not to say that Donald Trump wasn’t a doting dad in his own way. Melania also said that he and Barron love to play golf, eat dinner together and “enjoy family time” at Mar-a-Lago, the family’s Florida getaway. Golf actually comes up a lot when Melania is asked about Donald’s relationship with Barron, like in this 2015 People interview when she again said that the two men in her life “go alone for dinner, one-on-one” and “play golf together.” Golf and dinner, huh? Sounds a bit more like the closing of a business deal than a loving father-son day.
Barron Trump has a creative spark
What might not be immediately obvious about Barron Trump is his creative streak, a trait First Lady Melania Trump revealed in a chat with Parenting magazine in 2012. Melania shared a sweet anecdote to illustrate her claim, recalling an especially impressive moment of free play when Barron was young. “His imagination is growing and important,” Melania said at the time (via Redbook). “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?” How cute — it’s clear Barron was a very imaginative tyke.
Of course, it’s fair to reason Barron’s free reign over his playroom had something to do with his artistic flair. Not many kids are allowed to draw on their playroom walls, after all.
Donald Trump’s former butler think’s Barron Trump is a mini-version of his dad
It’s no secret First Lady Melania Trump thinks Barron takes after his dad, President Donald Trump, as she has openly stated so in the past. And interestingly enough, the Trump family’s former butler, Tony Senecal, shares her take. Senecal explained that while he has a fondness for all of Donald’s five kids, Barron is the most like his famous dad. Want some proof? Look no further than Senecal’s anecdote about a conversation he had with a then 2-year-old Barron.
“When Baron was two and a half years old I took his breakfast into him,” the ex-butler recalled, according to Inside Edition. “He was sitting in his highchair and he looks at me and he said: ‘Tony! Sit down! We need to talk!'” Holy moly! Although we can’t say whether this account is true, we can’t say it’s too hard to imagine. And who knows, maybe Barron will be shouting his dad’s famous “You’re fired!” line around one day. Never say never.
Did Barron Trump get flavored e-cigs banned?
On Sep. 11, 2019, President Trump announced that the US Food and Drug Administration would be putting out “some very strong recommendations” in “a couple of weeks” related to flavored e-cigarette use (via CNN). This potential ban follows multiple deaths due to lung diseases thought to be related to vaping, as well as another reported 450 lung illnesses seemingly red to the product.
Earlier that week, First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that she was “deeply concerned about the growing epidemic” of vape use by teens and children. “We need to do all we can to protect the public from tobacco-related disease and death, and prevent e-cigarettes from becoming an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for a generation of youth,” she concluded.
During a press conference discussing the dangers of vaping, with Melania sitting quietly by his side, Trump explained (via Vox reporter Aaron Rupar) that this issue first came to his attention because “the First Lady got involved.” Then without mentioning his name, Trump specifically mentioned Baron Trump, he and Melania’s 13-year-old son in peculiar way. “She’s got a son, together, that is a beautiful young man, and she feels very, very strongly about it.”
As of this writing, there has been neither confirmation nor denial of Barron’s alleged vape use.