Barron Trump 'regretfully' turns down opportunity to be part of Florida's delegation to GOP nominating convention

 May 11, 2024

It was reported earlier this week that Barron Trump, the youngest son of former President Donald Trump, would be a member of Florida's delegation to the Republican National Convention to formally nominate Trump for a second term in the White House.

Unfortunately, Barron's first official foray into politics was over before it even started, as it has since been announced that he "regretfully" declined the invitation to be a state delegate at the nominating convention, according to The New York Times.

It remains unclear if he will still attend the convention in his personal capacity in support of his father's bid for re-election or if he will be unable to attend the event in its entirety.

Barron "regretfully declines to participate" in Florida's delegation to the GOP convention

USA Today reported that Barron Trump's declining involvement in the Florida delegation to the GOP convention was announced on Friday by the Office of former First Lady Melania Trump, his mother.

Her office said in a statement, "While Barron is honored to have been chosen as a delegate by the Florida Republican Party, he regretfully declines to participate due to prior commitments."

No further details were given about why the president's youngest son backed out of the delegation or what his "prior commitments" may be, according to The Times.

The outlet noted that the former first lady has "fiercely guarded" the privacy of her son, who was just 10 when his father first took office and just turned 18 in March, and has never publicly participated in any sort of political event. He is set to graduate from high school later in May and is expected to attend college in the fall.

Several Trump family members among Florida's convention delegation

NBC News was among the first to report on Wednesday that it appeared that Barron Trump was about to officially enter the "political spotlight" for the first time ever when he was selected by the Florida Republican Party to be an at-large delegate for the state at the GOP convention in July in Wisconsin.

He would not be the only Trump family member chosen, either, as eldest brother Don Jr., along with his fiance Kimberly Guilfoyle, as well as older sister Tiffany and her husband Michael Boulos were also picked to be Florida delegates.

Further, older brother Eric was picked to serve as the delegation's chairman, and Eric's wife, Lara Trump, who is Barron's sister-in-law, will also be in attendance, albeit not as a Florida delegate but rather in her capacity as co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

Notably missing from the lineup is Barron's eldest sister Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who served as senior advisers during former President Trump's first term in office but have since stepped back from politics to focus on raising their young children in recent years.

Nevertheless, Florida GOP Chairman Evan Power said in a statement, "We have a great delegation of grassroots leaders, elected officials, and even Trump family members. Florida is continuing to have a great convention team, but more importantly, we are preparing to win Florida and win it big."

Trump, campaign, reveal Barron's interest in national politics

There had understandably been great excitement about what appeared to be Barron Trump's entry into the political arena as a young adult, and Politico reported that an unnamed Trump campaign official said the former president's youngest son was "very interested in our nation’s political process."

The former president himself, in an interview with a Philadelphia radio station on Friday, according to The Hill, also said his "smart" son "does like politics" and was very perceptive about everything that was going on. He also joked that his son served informally as an adviser, as Trump said, "It’s sort of funny. He’ll tell me sometimes, 'Dad, this is what you have to do.'"

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