Barron Trump passes on being delegate at dad’s nomination

Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron, 18, on Friday stepped back from his planned political debut, withdrawing as a delegate at the Republican Party convention in July.

Barron, who has been largely shielded from the public eye, made global headlines this week when it appeared he would be the latest member of the Trump family to enter the political arena.

But a statement from the office of his mother Melania Trump, the former president’s third wife, soon put a stop to the convention plan.

“While Barron is honoured to have been chosen as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he regretfully declines to participate due to prior commitments,” it said.

Donald Trump sits with his children (from left) Eric, Donald Jnr and Ivanka during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Trump International Hotel in Washington in July 2014. Photo: AP

The convention in Milwaukee will see Trump’s official crowning as the Republican challenger to Democratic US President Joe Biden, with delegates from each state designating their candidate for the November election.

Barron would have appeared alongside his siblings Donald Trump Jnr, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump as part of the Florida delegation.

Barron lived in the White House as a child when his father was president, but has been fiercely protected from public view.

Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, was a senior adviser in his first presidency alongside her husband Jared Kushner, while Don Jnr and Eric are regulars at Trump rallies and on the campaign trail.

In March, the Republican National Committee elected Eric’s wife Lara to a leadership position.



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